by Elizabeth Huff

Reading your work out loud can offer many benefits to the writer. You can get instant feedback and critiques, it can help you polish the communication skills you would need for book signing events and presentations, and you can also use it as a way to give back to your community. Here is a list of ten possible places to read you work out loud. The difference in location will affect things such as feedback and interest to your audience. For example, school children won’t necessarily be interested in the same things as a retirement home, and you won’t get as much one on one feedback although you should still be able to tell if they are enjoying it. There will also probably be more restrictions on what you can and can’t read in a school based on the age of the children. If you make a video of yourself reading out loud it can reach a larger audience, and people can still give feedback via the comment section, but you will have to deal with less focused feedback and possibly negative criticism. I have found that the best way to go about choosing where to read your work is focusing on what you want out of the experience. Do you want specific feedback, are you just trying to get your work out there, are you trying to give back through volunteering? Once you determine what you want you can debate the pros and cons of each location. Good Luck!

  1. Open Mic Nights
  2. Class/Lectures
  3. Writer’s Groups
  4. Writer’s Workshops
  5. Nursing/Retirement Homes
  6. Hospitals
  7. Schools
  8. Fairs/Festivals
  9. In A Video
  10. For Friends and Family