Tips & Tricks for Public Readings
with Sherri L. Smith in Los Feliz

Los Feliz
One Weekend
Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm &
Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
June 8 and 9, 2019

Are you a writer who hates public speaking? Does your voice shake? Do your palms sweat? Are you afraid of standing up in front of people and droning on and on . . . or speaking too quickly . . . or too softly? Join the club! Over the course of one weekend, we’ll help you learn the tips and tricks to reading in front of a crowd. This two-day event will walk you through the basics of what to wear, what to read, how to read it, and how to possibly even have fun while doing it.  

On Saturday, we’ll meet to pick a good excerpt, cover all the basics of a successful performance, and practice reading in front of each other. On Sunday, we’ll put our skills to the test with a (drumroll, please) public reading! Invite your friends and fellow writers, dry your palms off, and put on your best duds. We’ll meet up at a venue to show off what you’ve learned and, most importantly, what you’ve written. 

This seminar is open to students of all levels with something available to read. The first meeting will be held in Los Feliz where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. The Sunday reading will be held in a private room at Bar Covell in Los Feliz (21 and over).

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for all students

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Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker's Apprentice.  Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections.  Sherri has worked in comics, animation, and construction.  Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and for Hamline University's Children’s Writing MFA.  Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?— part of the NY Times bestselling Who Was? series. Learn more at