Write Out Loud: Mastering the Spoken Word (with Lisa Gray)

Lisa Gray




SATURDAY, JUNE 2  |  Words don’t live only on the page. Writers frequently read their work at festivals, book signings, and literary reading series. Much like the craft of writing, there is an art to reading your work out loud to an audience. Selecting the right piece to read is only half the battle. Knowing how to read in a way that engages your listeners (who are also potential readers) is the other part.

In this five-hour intensive workshop, writers will learn how to read their work to an audience for maximum impact. Students will learn how to: select what to read, modulate and project their voice, pace their reading, and practice and prepare ahead of time. Students will learn fun techniques that are useful to both the novice and established writer.

Students will read original work that they bring to the workshop, and should bring seven to ten pages with them.

Lisa Gray’s writing focuses on intersections of blackness, womanhood, and Americaness. She earned her BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in English & Creative Writing from Mills College. Lisa won the Henry Joseph Jackson Prize for Distinguished Fiction in 2014 and earned scholarships to the Fine Arts Works Center, The Voices of Our Nations Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center where she completed a residency. A former Grotto Fellow, her most recent short story, “The Queen of Secrets,” appears in New Haven Noir edited by Amy Bloom and published by Akashic Books. Her story won a 2018 Edgar Award.

Lisa reads her work at festivals and literary events including BeastCrawl and LitCrawl, and curated the popular reading series Our Voices, Our Stories SF and The Bloom for two years. Featuring authors Natalie Baszile, Faith Adiele, and Jackie Luckett among others, Our Voices, Our Stories will return to the Bay Area in the Spring of 2018.

Contact: writerldg@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, June 2

Course fee: $150

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