You’re Invited

If you’re in the San Diego area, you’re a fan of spoken word art, you know me, you want to meet me, you want to meet great writers in San Diego, you already know me and haven’t seen me in a while, or you have nothing else to do on the First Friday of December 2007….. then come to the San Diego Writers Ink First Friday Third Anniversary / CD Release Party!
DATE: Friday, December 7, 2007

The evening starts at 6 pm. Come early to get a good seat, mingle with fabulous writers and nosh on literary delicacies (that’s good food with a fancy name).

Readings start at 7 pm.

If you’d like… bring three minutes of prose to share.

Giveaways –including a Sony Reader– will be dispersed throughout the evening.

COST: Tickets only $5 at the door!


Swedenborgian Hall
4144 Campus Ave. San Diego

AND… to get you up to speed on the performances from the past year, order your BEST OF CD “First Friday: The CD of Year 3” supporting San Diego Writers, Ink.
–yeah, a little shameless plug there, I’m one of the best of….

I’m Better Out Loud!

My entry, Letters From Heaven, was selected for San Diego Writers, Ink Audio Anthology : Year 3.

Whew. After all the rejection I was feeling like maybe I am not a writer. But maybe, just maybe I am better out loud than on the page.

The coolest part is that we get to re-record our submission at the KPBS (public radio) station.

If you want a sneak peek, check out the September Stories over at the First Friday Prose website. If you want to hear me live and in person, come to the Third Anniversary Party for First Fridays on December 7th.

Performing Your Words

Guy Kawasaki has some great tips on his blog on public speaking, gleaned from a buddy, Doug Lawrence, professional singer, music director, and speech coach. Anyone reading at the LA Bloggers Live event may want to take a gander.

Singing and speaking have everything in common—except for maybe really good tunes. The main goal is to engage your audience and make them listen to you, so everything a singer does, a speaker ought to do too. Here are the absolute necessities of an engaging performance or presentation that Doug compiled…..

And you may want to peruse the tips from Toastmasters on public speaking.

I would add:

1. Make sure to BREATHE.

2. S L O W D O W N

3. Don’t be afraid of silence…. it is a useful tool that lets the audience absorb what you just said, and pay attention to what you’re going to say next.

4. Vary the rhythm and pitch of your voice.

…and finally….

5. Practice. Even if it is just running through the words a couple of times.

Interested in spoken word as art? Well so Theresa Cowan….

While spoken word performers have been around for over two decades in North America, their work has not been studied seriously by academics as an art form worthy of their consideration. Theresa Cowan is working to change this neglect through her research for her PhD in English (under the supervision of Dr. Michael O’Driscoll) that examines spoken word performance in Canada. “I initially became interested in this work because I am a spoken word artist and I found that many ‘academic poets’ made fun of spoken word as ‘bad poetry,’ rather than engage with it on its own terms.”

Do you think PhD candidates in English will soon be studying blogging as an art form? Do YOU think bloggers are writers?

Many of the bloggers I enjoy reading are good writers… personally I wouldn’t call all bloggers writers, however. Some create lists of links, for example.

Curious what you think….