Writers’ Reading Hour
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.
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.
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 YouTube channel, so only LoveStreetWriters can access and comment.
I am going to approach this with a flexible schedule based on the location and time-zones to suit the writers that are submitting.
The first Reading Hour will take place on Thursday 4th March at 6pm AEDST via Zoom.
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.
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 so minimum for the number of pages submitted, but the maximum is ten pages A4, double spaced, 12 point font.
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 for specific times, 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.
I look having you along,