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10 Open Mic Do’s and Don’ts

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 [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Performing|3 Comments

6 Ways to be an Awesome Featured Author

If you’re an author Open Mics are a great way to build your reading reputation and your platform. Don’t forget to bring your signup list and your books and business cards so you can build your audience. I’ve hosted an Open Mic reading series for a long and have recently joined forces with the Main [...]

By | October 28th, 2014|Performing|2 Comments

Celebrate Alice Osborn’ s New Book!

My new book, After the Steaming Stops  (Main Street Rag, 2012) has now been published and I'm proud to announce my listing of upcoming readings and events. My book is $10 (reg $11) throughout the month of April and available via my website. Hope you can make some of these book events! here they are: [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|Writing|2 Comments

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 [...]

By | July 17th, 2011|Workshops, Writing|2 Comments

What Makes a Successful Open Mic Series?

Chances are if you're a writer you've been to an open mic. What was it about that open mic last night that made you want or not want to come back? Was it the people, the venue, the performances or all three? After over two years of running my own open mic series and attending scores of open mics I've come up [...]

By | June 13th, 2011|Writing|3 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 7th, 2011|Creativity|0 Comments

Networking for Writers

  In today’s competitive publication climate networking can make all of the difference between your books sitting a cold box in storage or in customers’ warm hands. And even before you publish, networking can help you connect you to editors, agents and to your readership. Perhaps in the old days writers didn’t have to be [...]

By | March 24th, 2011|Networking|2 Comments

How to Host a Kick-Ass Book Launch

A month ago on January 28th I celebrated my book launch for Unfinished Projects, my book of poems from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I celebrated with 45+ people, many of whom weren’t poets, but came out at the end of a long work week in the dead of winter to hear me read my [...]

By | February 28th, 2011|Networking, Writing|1 Comment

Ten Benefits of an Open Mic

I’ve been a regular open mic reader for over six years and an open mic instigator, known properly as a host, for eighteen months. Organizing open mics takes a lot of work: setting up the venue, marketing the event, organizing the reading schedule, testing the mic, making sure folks don’t go over their time and [...]

By | June 8th, 2010|Creativity, Writing|0 Comments