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Main Street Writers held their annual reading at Food for Thought last Thursday

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in two public readings. One was an open mic in Northampton, Massachusetts hosted by Straw Dog Writers Guild. The other was the annual reading for Main Street Writers at Food for Though Books in Amherst.

I read the same piece for both readings; an excerpt from my novel. I chose the introduction to Little Ho Peep’s back story, a surreal story about a little girl growing up on a dump with her one-eyed gypsy abuela.

I am not naturally inclined to public speaking, it is always nerve racking. But reading my work out loud, to an audience, has been great practice.

It was such an honor having my friends and family there to support me. It also is so humbling to listen to the amazing talent that is prevalent in the Pioneer Valley. Becoming part of this community has been so important to me.

I encourage everyone out there to share their passions. Whether it is music, poetry, visual arts: I believe that the simple act of sharing can broaden our appreciate for our craft.

Happy Reading!

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Main Street Writers…Read!

Main Street Writers holds an annual reading every spring. The reading takes place at Food for Thought Books in Amherst, MA.The past week or two I have been helping organize this event.

The writing group has three sessions a week, and there are a lot of writers involved, about 20. All of us will have opportunities to share our work. We hope to have a good turn out of people to enjoy the experience together.

While I have been busy signing up our writers for different drinks and finger food, I have yet to pick a piece to share! I look forward to reading a scene from my manuscript. I think the perfect piece will be no more than five minutes long, spoken. It should be exciting and interesting without being confusing. I want to pick something that doesn’t involve too much explanation as well.

To other bloggers out there: How do you go about selecting an appropriate piece for a reading? I would love to hear your suggestions!

The reading is on Thursday May 9th, from 7 to 9 p.m. I encourage anyone in the area to check it out. There will be beer, wine, food and most importantly, excellent writing!

As always, every day, Happy Writing!Main Street Writers...Read!