If you’ve ever applauded wildly after a live reading and thought, “I wish I could do that” — or if you’ve ever suffered through a flat literary performance and thought, “I never want to do that” — then this is the class for you.
Over three sessions, we’ll talk about how to find your voice, overcome anxiety, and engage an audience. We’ll look at
- Writing and curating work for live readings
- Finding venues that are right for you
- Practicing, practicing and practicing
- What to do before you go on and while you’re on
With the goal of making participants more comfortable with presenting their work and better able to connect with audiences, this course will give each student a chance to practice reading in front of the class at every session. Then, the final Sunday, February 3, class participants and instructor Daniel Ari will read and perform their work in Live Performance from "Presenting You", a public reading at The Writing Salon's Berkeley location.
“The goal isn’t to put on an act,” says instructor Daniel Ari. “It’s about being your genuine self and sharing work you’re proud of—because that’s what an audience wants to experience. Here’s where you can learn techniques and try them in a low-risk setting. Going forward, you’ll be able to make live presentations more fulfilling for audiences and for yourself.”
Daniel Ari delights in writing, performing and teaching poetry. His book One Way to Ask (Norfolk Press, 2016) comprises original poems in a new form called queron, illustrated in collaboration with 67 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, Wayne White and Bill Griffith. Poet laureate of Richmond, California, Daniel created and produced the 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry, the city’s first, representing 62 diverse voices from his adopted hometown. Daniel’s poems have been published in Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, Defenestration, carte blanche, Thema, and many others, and he has published essays on the craft of poetry in Poet’s Market every year since 2015. He supports his poetic life through his career as a marketing copywriter where he has written haiku for Google. For pay.
- Sunday, January 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Sunday, January 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Sunday, January 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Sunday, February 3, 6:00pm-8:00pm