“Don’t Look Bored” And Other Useful Thoughts As You Prepare To Read Your Work

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The crocuses have given way to the daffodils in the courtyard garden outside Westminster Hall. The tulips make themselves known.

This means that in the EL department, the Script and senior readings are on the horizon.

I recently came across this useful and witty post by fiction writer Joseph Scapellato with advice for his creative writing majors preparing for a reading. His counsel includes:

Don’t be bored with the work you’ve written that you’re reading.

Don’t appear to be bored with the work you’ve written that you’re reading.

Don’t look like you dont’ want to be there, up there, even if you don’t want to be there, up there. This doesn’t mean that you need to look like you would rather be there than anywhere else, but err on the side of enthusiasm.

(Owl pic above from bookishheather.com)

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