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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

How To Give A Good Reading

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Does the thought of giving a reading for your book make you quail (to put it politely)? You’re not alone—public speaking is one of the top 10 phobias. But for a handful of writers, it’s what they love to do best—next to writing, of course. Jenna Blum is one of those: Jenna is a professional public speaker who has traveled nationally and internationally to talk about her bestselling novels; in Boston she has spoken to over 800 book clubs for her first novel alone, and her nickname on the speaker’s circuit is Mrs. Maisel. In this seminar, Jenna will help you understand your reading and speaking style, share her tips and hacks, and help you design a reading for your book that will captivate your audience and might even be fun for YOU.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!