Writers’ Reading Hour

Writers’ Reading Hour

A time for writers’ to listen to each others work and provide feedback on early drafts.

One of the rare treasures of writing is hearing your work read aloud by someone else. In the editing and rewrite process we are frequently told to read our own work out loud, but for me, aside from being a bit weird, I know I am still playing to the intonation and style of voice that I imagine I have written into the page of my narrator and characters. Hearing the opening pages of my manuscript read by a Scottish reader for Litopia Pop-Up Submissions gave me new insight to how the words actually worked for a reader, and importantly to some of the rework required.

Another gift of writers groups and workshops is being able to provide feedback on early drafts to writers. I find that in thinking about what is working in the writing of others, I am shown how different elements of craft can be used to create compelling work. And in being open to receiving this feedback from other writers I have been shown the good, bad and plain awkward in my own writing.

Bringing these things together is the Writers’ Reading Hour, where writers can submit their work to be read to hear the work in an indepedent voice and gain feedback on the writing, listen to the early drafts of other writers and contribute feedback on the writing. In the zoom-era, that’s how it will be run, so you don’t have to worry about travel. It will all be run on an opt-in basis without any obligation for ongoing participation. If the scheduling of the hour suits, join in, if not, catch-up with the recording later, or when other parts of your life are getting in the way of a good time, well, tend to those things and join back in when it suits you.

Upcoming readings

Readings are scheduled for a couple of months in advance. There is no cost to attend and any and all writers’ at any stage of their writing development are welcome to come along.

If you have work that you would like read, just fill in the submission form here.

About the Reading Hour

Run on Zoom, each session will involve readings of three different writers followed by discussion on what is working in the writing. Realistically, this will take more than an hour, so bring some snacks and find a comfortable seat.

An experienced writer will join as co-host to provide deeper insight to the work and guide the discussion. Depending on how many of you join, your participation will be encouraged via video and or live chat.

The sessions will be recorded so the writer can come back to the feedback, and so others can catch-up at a later time. These recordings will be hosted in a private Vimeo channel, so only the LoveStreetWriters community of writers can access and comment.

About the writing

At this stage, the focus is on fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction, but don’t let that stop you submitting poetry, personal essay, non-fiction or plays for stage or screen.

If there is interest, down the track, I will also look to schedule times to focus on developed writing so you can get feedback on your opening chapter or standalone piece. For novelists, I will also consider a focus on query letter and pitch materials. Get in touch if this is of interest to you.

Scheduling

To be accessible to writers across Australia, and indeed the globe, I am approaching the Reading Hour with a flexible schedule. If the time suits, feel free to submit your writing or just come along.

Check back here or sign up to the LoveStreetWriters mail list for times and dates of future readings along with co-host and writer announcements.

Cost

For as long as I can manage it, this will all be run for free.

A Safe Space

Sharing work in progress is a delicate thing, so to ensure we can maintain a safe-space for sharing and commenting on the work, writers need to register to participate in and attend the Writers Reading Hour on Zoom.

Recordings of the sessions will be held in a private YouTube channel, accessible only to subscribed writers.

Feedback is grounded very much in they style of Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s How to Talk About Writing, with a focus on what is working in the writing.

Trigger warnings will be given to viewers as required.


Have your work read

Any writer at any stage of development can send in any piece of writing at any stage of development, whether it’s hot off the keyboard, a first draft or more developed piece of writing, it will be read.

How it works

  • Send in up to ten pages of writing (A4, double spaced, 12 point font) along with an indication of
    • what draft the writing is, hot off the press, first draft, more developed
    • if this is a standalone piece or part of a larger work, and if part of a larger work
    • anything the reader would already know when reaching this “chapter”
    • If you would like the work to read with attribution or anonymously
  • Wait to hear when your reading is scheduled
  • Join the live reading to hear your work read and to
  • Receive verbal feedback, focussing on what is working in the writing

NB There is no minimum for the number of pages submitted, but the maximum is ten pages A4, double spaced, 12 point font.

Send in your submission here.


Join the audience

The Writers’ Reading Hour is open for anyone with an interest in writing to attend. While contribution to the discussion is invited, there is no obligation to participate. Being on Zoom you can join from anywhere. And, you can choose how visible you want to be with video optional and chat open.

Join the LoveStreetWriters mail list to for scheduling updates and writer announcements.


How to Talk About Writing

The discussion and feedback given to writers will draw on the Freefall Writing practice and Barbara Turner-Vesselagos “How to Talk About Writing”. The foundation is that writers can learn more from hearing what is working for the reader than from any other type of feedback.

There is more about Freefall and How to Talk About Writing here, and to stay informed about readings, or to send in your work, join the mail list or contact us.

I look forward to having you along,
Kirsten.


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