The Power of the Spoken Word
August 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Explore and develop your ‘reading chops’ to make people fall in love with your words – spoken and on the page.
About this event
Being a writer often requires the ability to read your words in public. Whether the audience is live or listening to a recorded reading, understanding how to read well can help people fall in love with your words – spoken and on the page.
This three-hour workshop with experienced vocal coach Erika Turner offers participants the opportunity to develop their ‘reading chops’ by:
exploring their voice – best practices, some exercises
understanding the importance of pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, tone colour and phrasing
preparing for reading – tricks and techniques
working through a short piece and discussing ideas/interpretations
learning how to manage nerves
uncovering some tips for speaking into a microphone
Participants will also have an opportunity to read their words (up to 3 minutes) and receive Erika’s suggestions about improvements to support storytelling and heighten emotional impact.
In addition, they will be invited to extend their workshop experience by reading their words at the Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail Open Mic Night on Tuesday 31 August 2021.
Registrations close 5pm, Friday 20 August 2021. For more information, call 0409 624 577.
About Erika Turner
Erika’s artistic journey began during her tertiary studies to become a teacher, when she undertook classical voice training and performed in operas and recitals. At the same time, she was teaching singing, which eventually led to her completing a musical theatre course at the prestigious National Theatre School in St Kilda.
She has performed in musical theatre productions, including Topol’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, in corporate gigs and cabarets, and with various jazz and covers bands. In addition, she has worked as a VCE assessor of classical and contemporary voice, an adjudicator at school house competitions and eisteddfods, and a conductor of VCE masterclasses.
Erika continues to teach in schools and at her home base in Torquay.
Write Here in Surf Coast gratefully acknowledges the support of Surf Coast Shire Council.