Alice Osborn

Write from the Inside Out

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Next Thursday you’re going to read at your first open mic and you know you don’t want to bomb.   Don’t fear—help’s on the way!   After several years of poetry reading experiences here are ten tips I’ve curated for you so you’ll be remembered for your presence and poetry, not for the mic you knocked down or for the spit you sprayed on the front row.   Prior to your reading, think...

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Writers: How Not to Bomb

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

Writers: How Not to Bomb

When you’re nervous before a reading, open mic or a speaking event you’re that way because you don’t want to bomb. You don’t want to be humiliated and asked never to come back.  You also don’t want to let your audience down. Maybe you’ve had a less-than-ideal speaking experience and you’re afraid lightning will strike twice. I’d like to share a few tips with you on how not to bomb, or at least...

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What Should You Wear When You Perform?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011

What Should You Wear When You Perform?

If you read your writing out loud in public you need to think of yourself as a performer–even if you’re reading at an open mic with five people. You’re on stage and you need to plan your lines as well as your appearance so you can attract the right energy.  What should you wear? If you’re a casual person and like to wear jeans, you should plan on pairing your Levi’s...

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