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Friday, May 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Master Class: Reading Your Own Work Aloud

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In the literary world today, writers often reach a wider audience through readings and live performances than through publication. Yet most writers are not trained to read their work aloud. Even well known writers may read mechanically, monotonously, with too little—or too much—expression. In this master-class/workshop, participants discuss what makes a good reading and explore the wide range of successful reading styles. They each read one of their own poems or a passage of prose as if they were giving a public presentation, then get feedback from the class under the guidance of the instructor (who is an experienced actor, director, and radio commentator as well as a poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic). In an unthreatening and helpful atmosphere, the readers “work through” to a livelier, more effective presentation as they deepen their understanding of their own work.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/SfmunaGMI2CKBsyEzDn0TUGnjQpEjHbHxidKjyFitmP8KASSud2VTJCLj1Dycywy.56-9MebqQjSLgwsz

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Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz is the Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA, the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Emeritus at UMass Boston, the longtime music and art critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and WBUR, and an editor of the poetry and prose of Elizabeth Bishop. His awards include the Pulitzer... Read More →

Friday May 14, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT