Description of Class
Is there a difference between words that are crafted to be read versus listened to? Absolutely!
There are many occasions where writers need to create stories that are meant to be read aloud—from business presentations to a toast at a wedding. Perhaps you have an essay that you feel is just right for The Moth, or This American Life. Or maybe you have a short story that has potential working as an audio story for an online literary journal. Or maybe you just want to join Chicago’s vibrant Live Lit community and get up on stage yourself. How can you make that shift?
In this single-session class, you will learn how to adjust your writing to help make your words on paper sound compelling and natural as spoken word—even if it looks odd on paper. Advice and activities will include:
- Breaking down the process of writing for the ear;
- Writing prompts and exercises;
- Examples of how writing can change from print to broadcast; and
- Looking and listening to stories by writers like Studs Terkel and David Sedaris, to see how what is on the paper comes across over the airways.
Note: This class is focused on writing techniques and will not offer suggestions on physical presence and how to read a story in front of an audience.Top