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Public Speaking for Writers Workshop

Join us on Zoom – Saturday, May 4 from 12:30 – 3:30pm EDT

Have you ever been to a reading where the reader mumbled, read too quickly or softly
for comprehension, lost the audience’s attention shuffling through a huge, dog-eared
sheaf of pages, or read long past the allotted time limit? Writing poetry or prose and
speaking it well in public are two different skills, and unfortunately even many good
writers are not effective at presenting their work for an audience. We’ll review the
elements and skills that contribute to a good reading—including online readings—and
discuss how to use readings to market your publications. You’ll go home with strategies
for dealing with nerves, tips for pleasing reading organizers, audiences, and—perhaps
most importantly—yourself.

Limited to 10 participants. Open to writers at all levels. Each participant will receive
individual instruction and coaching. Cost is $100.00.

PATRICK DONNELLY trained as an actor and singer at Oberlin Conservatory and performed extensively throughout the United States. He has helped to direct several different reading series, and for decades has taught public speaking and performance skills for writers and others at The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Colby College, the Lesley University MFA Program, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He is the author of five books of poetry, most recently WILLOW HAMMER (Four Way Books, 2025), and is Program Director of The Frost Place, as well as director of the annual TFP Poetry Seminar. More at patrickdonnellypoetry.com.


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