Speaking for Writers: Readings, Presentations, Teaching, Story Slams & More



This presentation/workshop will include anxiety-conquering strategies, the importance of analyzing an audience, the mechanics of speaking, the need for oral citations, and structure for original presentations. Throughout, we'll be mindful of the various types of speaking a nonfiction writer might encounter:

  • Reading from their own work
  • Pitching (elevator pitches!)
  • Introductions
  • Improvisation (Story Slams!)
  • Lectures and teaching

All of this builds to a master class-style activity where attendees will introduce another person, improvise a short speech about a supplied topic, or read a piece of their own writing.

Note: Pre-conference workshops require additional registration. Workshops are Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a refreshment break. Price $75.00

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  • Margaret Montet

    Margaret Montet's narratives of place are combined with memoir, research, and culture. She's a college librarian and professor (she teaches Effective Speaking!) with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Pan-European Program at Cedar Crest College. Her creative nonfiction has been published in The Bangalore Review, Clever Magazine, Dragon Poet...