Right now, there is a lot of blogger buzz about the Listen To Your Mother show. The idea of reading your own writing aloud can be thrilling, terrifying or some combination of both, but if it’s on something that’s on your radar, you may find that one of these opportunities is right for you.
Listen To Your Mother – This national series of live readings by local writers happens annually near Mother’s Day. With shows in 39 cities in 2015, auditions gear up at the beginning of the year. “The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.” View Performances
That’s What She Said – With shows in 2013 and 2014 in Illinois, seven speakers share their remarkable stories in seven-minute increments. The show is “a social venture to showcase women living boldly, truly and fearlessly.” Be sure to visit and follow the site for details on 2015 show(s). View Performances
The Moth – Launched in 1997, The Moth presents stories, live and without notes, worldwide. “Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.” Pitches for their website, radio hour and live shows around the world can be made via audio at this link. View Performances
The Drum – Have you heard of this? The Drum is a literary magazine publishing work exclusively in audio form. Using cool slogans like “You Don’t Read The Drum. You Listen to it”, and “Literature out loud”, it publishes short fiction, essays, novel excerpts via audio. For details about current calls and to submit, click here.
Vlog IT! – Interested in reading your work aloud but not sure about a live show just yet? Why not do a video blog post it to your personal blog? It’s a great way to breathe new life into an old post or deliver a new post exactly as you intended when you wrote it. Another spin on this might be exchanging vlog posts reading your own work with a fellow blogger, or even working with a favorite blogger to read each other’s work aloud (with proper attribution of course) via video blog. Never done video before? Read How To Be A Vlogging Superstar from The SITS Girl, Join the Vlogging Bloggers Facebook Group for support, and/or Check out and watch this quick and fun video from Blogging While Nursing about logistics for pulling off your first vlog (I came across this on Pinterest and thought it was really useful!)
If this topic interests you, another great resource is the article Performing Your Work: Reading Your Book Aloud, on The Creative Penn (by Joanna Penn). She gives some great suggestions for approaching venues to set up your own read aloud event.
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