Have you ever stood at a microphone, trying to get your knees to stop shaking? Manzanita’s Hoffman Center routinely offers Open Mic nights to local authors, but let’s face it, not everyone is comfortable reading their work aloud. Or joking around with the audience. Or persuading them to buy their book.
Holly Lorincz, a published author, nationally recognized Speaking Coach, and a publishing consultant with one of the top literary agencies in the United States, MacGregor Literary, is offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, November 16th for all the writers in the area who want to practice talking to an audience. Her seminar, entitled AUTHOR>SPEAKER, will be at the Hoffman Center from 10 am to 2 pm and costs $59. At 7 pm on the same evening, the Hoffman Center is hosting an Open Mic, directly after writer Christopher Lord reads from his works.
AUTHOR>SPEAKER will focus on the three marketing elements that authors, peering out from their writing cave, would rather avoid: the pitch appointment, the radio/tv/newspaper interview, or the public readings. She will offer tips and strategies on how to prepare for your book proposal pitch to agents or editors, brush you up on your interviewing skills, and get you ready to read your prose or poetry aloud for a group of breathing human beings. The workshop will also provide you the opportunity to receive constructive and helpful feedback on your individual material and speaking abilities.
Holly has spoken in front of audiences thousands of times, sometimes as an instructor, sometimes as an author reading from her works, sometimes as a guest speaker. She loves to read, write, and give speeches – she’s coached seven teenagers to become State Champions in Competitive Speech.
She’s been in the hot seat herself. She successfully pitched her novel at writing workshops — she now has an agent and her book is on the desk of various publishers. She also has been on the other side of the hot seat, as the literary agent rep listening to book proposal pitches. As part of her job at MacGregor Literary, Holly works with authors to prepare their manuscripts and pitches.
If you are interested in the AUTHOR>SPEAKER workshop, go to the Lorincz Literary website, http://literaryconsulting.com/, where you can register online or email Lorincz with your questions.