Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church
1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: $65 per person
To register with a check instead of PayPal, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants should bring a brown bag lunch
Writers are often daunted by the idea of reading their work aloud, whether in a classroom situation or public presentation. This workshop will teach writers to prepare and present confident, clear public readings using the same tools employed by professional actors:
- Warming up the vocal instrument
- Rehearsing the material
- Calming the nerves
- Delivering the work
These tools can aid any writer. Neither acting nor public speaking experience is necessary to benefit from the craft of acting.
During the course of this workshop you will:
- Bring a piece of your work you wish to read (one page, double-spaced, two copies).
- Be led in voice and body warm-ups using breathing and vocal exercises.
- Read aloud excerpts of published works by other writers to study pacing, phrasing, word choice and themes.
- Will be coached individually by Mel as you read your work, with the class observing.
- Time permitting, you will get a second opportunity to read for the class integrating the techniques you’ve learned.
Whether reading for an audience of one or one hundred, every writer can benefit from the self-editing techniques learned when reading their work aloud.
About Mel Ryane
Mel Ryane has had a long and distinguished acting career in both the United States and her native Canada. Her work has included both classical and modern theatre as well as film and television. She was a company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Shaw Festival, and has performed on the stages of the Manitoba Theatre Center, Vancouver Playhouse, Belfry Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New Mexico Rep, Magnus Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille, among others. She has also worked as an acting and dialogue coach on film and TV projects, taught presentation technique at the corporate level, and has presented this workshop at writer’s conferences across North America. Mel will give a talk about her memoir, “Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and Ten Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn’t,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 p.m..
Praise from other Flatiron Writers workshops:
–”I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and have many ideas to take home with me!”
–”Practical and utilitarian. Exactly what I was looking for.”
–”Thank you so much–I was hanging on every word!”