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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.

“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.

  1. Thursday, May 17, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 2:00 am
Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 4:30 am
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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