Read your Work Aloud

As far as I can tell, most writers don’t enjoy public speaking. However it has a number of benefits for writers.

1. You get audience reaction. There’s nothing like hearing a roomful of people laugh at what you hoped was a funny line.

2. You raise your profile as a writer. It’s called building a platform and it’s more important than you might think.

3. You make contact with readers and other writers in a face-to-face world. It provides  moral support, advice, information, and a chance to speak with others who understand the world of words.

Why am I rambling about this? Because the Saltwater Scribblers writing group (contact them on facebook or are now organising the Poetry in Motion event that runs monthly in the Droichead Arts Centre Cafe in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The next one is Wednesday the 26th of January at 7.30 pm. Special Guest poet and editor Christodoulos Makris will be reading but literally anyone can come along and read whatever poetry or prose they like, or just to listen and mingle with other readers and writers.

Several of their members did NaNoWriMo 2010 in our region. Go along and support them as they bring their words out in public.


About wordfoolery

Grace Tierney is a writer and mother living in rural Ireland. Specialising in a humourous slant thanks to years of reading Wodehouse, Dickens, Pratchett, Brookmyre, and chick-lit galore, her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published internationally and locally in everything from the local paper to anthologies, online media, coffee tins, and glossy magazines in several different countries. She has published three books for writers; “Positive Thoughts for Writers”, “The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests”, and “The Writing Contest Expert’s Guide to Nonfiction Contests” based on her long-running contest column for Writer Online (available at Grace is currently writing her second chick-lit novel. For more information about Grace’s work see
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