Develop confidence and authenticity reading your work aloud in this 6-week workshop with Jorah LaFleur
Adults (Ages 16+)
Mondays | January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 | 6-8pm
This is an in-person event.
436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401
We now offer Pay From Your Heart Pricing
We want everyone to have access to our writing programs. Choose the ticket price that best reflects your financial capacity. If you need further support, please contact us at email@example.com.
Participant – $262.00 (For those with limited access to funds)
Sustainer – $349.00 (The true cost of this offering)
Patron – $436.00 (This amount supports those who need to pay less to attend)
Registration Closes January 15
Masks are appreciated in common areas as we have medically sensitive folks attending, and want everyone to be able to participate.
Does giving a public reading send you into a panic?
Do you enjoy sharing your work but feel uncertain about how to best voice your words?
Would you like to feel more powerful and honest on stage?
We often assume that because we’ve written the words, we should automatically know how to read them aloud. We can judge ourselves harshly for feeling nervous or inauthentic.
In truth, writing and performing are different skill sets. No matter how much time you’ve devoted to your word-craft, it’s natural to feel underprepared or uncertain if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to develop your stage-craft.
In this 6-week workshop:
You’ll work on translating words from the page to the stage through the vehicle of your voice and body. You’ll develop your ability to read/perform with confidence.
We will play, we will plan, we will practice, we will prepare.
These will be our areas of focus:
- Self-Awareness and Somatics
Sharing our creativity publicly is inherently vulnerable. You’ll take stock of what beliefs you hold about how you show up on stage, what past experiences may color your current thoughts, and what sensations arise in your body when you prepare to take the stage. You’ll practice simple vocal warm-ups and quick stretches that can help ready both your body and mind for a reading.
- Tactics, Tools, and Techniques
How a piece is read has just as much impact as what is being said. Elements such as your tone, speed, volume, and posture, all affect the way your work is received. You’ll learn activities to consciously build a full palette of vocal effects and emotional possibilities. Like actors, you’ll practice making purposeful choices about the delivery of your lines.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Having an audience to practice in front of is absolutely essential for growing as a performer.
You’ll be a compassionate, supportive audience for each other over the first five weeks, building towards a final class in which you invite family and friends to join us for a private reading. You’ll practice both with and without a microphone, as you may encounter both scenarios in a reading.
We will be working with a text:
How to Read for an Audience: A Writer’s Guide, by James Navé and Allegra Huston, is a short, power-packed little book full of great advice. The price of the book is included in the price of the class, and the text will be yours to keep. There will be light reading homework in between classes.
Who this class is for:
This class is primarily designed for writers and wordsmiths (of all genres: poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction) who give public readings. It’s also open to arts administrators, lecturers, and other teachers or creatives who feel it will benefit them in their public speaking roles.
All experience levels are welcome; each participant will have individual stage time to be supported in their personal growth trajectory.
This is an adult class, and mature teens are warmly welcomed.
Questions about the class?
You are welcome to contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Instructor:
Jorah LaFleur is committed to helping others experience the power of being seen/heard, and to promoting the arts as tools of social change, and community building. For over a decade (2006 to 2019), she ran the Eugene Poetry Slam, which gifted her with a wealth of stage hosting experience, and a front row seat to the recitation of thousands of original poems. Jorah has been writing and performing for 25 years.
More Offerings You May Be Interested In:
2nd Thursdays, October through May | Share your words at our monthly open mic emceed by spoken word poet Jorah LaFleur
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