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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.