Alice Osborn’s Blog

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10 Open Mic Do’s and Don’ts

By |May 23rd, 2016|Performing|

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community in Raleigh since 2009. After a few years’ break, I co-host the monthly Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh a block from the historic Krispy Kreme.   I’m also been singing/playing a lot on [...]

How to Be Authentic

By |May 18th, 2016|Performing|

On Saturday morning I played my guitar and sang at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market for two solid hours. This was my first gig at the farmers’ market and I have four more already scheduled. It was a blast and next time I’ll even make sure the battery in my guitar works. On Sunday afternoon, [...]

How to Find Support as a First-Time Author

By |May 9th, 2016|Editor|

Dave Baldwin of Raleigh (author/editor and content producer extraordinaire) is my guest blogger today and gives new authors fantastic tips on how to find viable support in the big, beautiful-ugly world of publishing. It comes down to finding the right professionals on your team. Enjoy this blog and learn more about Dave at the bottom of this [...]

How to Find the Perfect Workshop Venue

By |May 3rd, 2016|Workshops|

How do you know when you’ve found the perfect workshop venue? It’s usually when your students ask you to teach more workshops in that space! Now depending on what you teach you’re going to have different requirements for your students. Some of you may even use your own home as your workshop space, but you [...]

Lesson from George Washington: Are You Wearing Your Brand?

By |May 3rd, 2016|Performing|

Before he was famous, George Washington loved fashion and well-tailored breeches—especially when his pants weren’t too tight around his legs and butt. He knew that clothes made the man and he accepted his high laundry bill because if you look good, you feel good and those around you can feel your positive morale. When he [...]

Lesson from Thomas Jefferson: How to Be Gentler with Yourself

By |May 2nd, 2016|Self Improvement|

When my writing/editing business was a few years old, I’d edit through the night, sleep in my clothes and work through every weekend. I’d eventually catch up on my sleep, but then do the whole cycle again. And there’s still times like a few weeks ago I work at the margins of the day/night and [...]

Lesson from John Denver: Too Much Self-Promotion?

By |April 11th, 2016|Book Publicity|

I recently received some feedback that I promote myself too much and that I should “tone it down.” I didn’t reply, but still wanted to thank the giver of that feedback. Why? Because if I’m promoting too much it means I’m doing something right and I’m getting out there. Also, I know that I give [...]

3 Lessons from Benedict Arnold: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

By |April 4th, 2016|Self Improvement|

I discovered infamous traitor Benedict Arnold as a fourth grader studying the American Revolution. Back then, books portrayed Arnold as an evil turncoat who tried to hand over West Point to the British on Sept 25, 1780. Fortunately, now there are many books for young people that show how Arnold was a flawed hero and [...]

What Inspires Good Poetry?

By |April 4th, 2016|Creativity|

National Poetry Month is finally here! I had the pleasure of Michele Tracy Berger of Pittsboro, NC, interview me about my poetry practice. Michele is a creativity coach, writer, professor and yoga teacher. In 2004, she launched The Creative Tickle™, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the [...]

10 Tips for a Perfect Poetry Reading

By |March 28th, 2016|Performing|

It’s almost April and that means it’s almost National Poetry month. Throughout this month, I’ll post a poetry-based blog post every week. And if you live in the Triangle, I’m teaching a poetry workshop on Sunday, April 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest. Click on the link for [...]