How a piece is read has just as much impact as what is being said.
When it comes to sharing written work with an audience, how a piece is read has just as much impact as what is being said. Elements such as our tone, speed, volume, and posture, all affect the way our work is received. In this clinic we will discuss writing for the stage, with a focus on tactics that we can use to effectively deliver our poetry or prose. We will examine the nature of stage-fright, and explore the voice as an instrument. Above all, we will focus on the idea of connection -- the connection between our hearts and our heads, the connection between ourselves and our audience, the connection between the page and the stage. Although Jorah is a poet this clinic can benefit any writer, at any level of all genres.
Jorah LaFleur is a writer/performer who enjoys wearing many different hats. She finds herself on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, and event emcee. She also loves working with youth as a spoken word educator and teaching artist. She is currently serving as the Writers in the Schools Director for the nonprofit organization Wordcrafters In Eugene. Jorah has spent the last 20 years exploring the joys and terrors of showing up on stage. Running and hosting a monthly poetry slam in Eugene, (Eugene Poetry Slam) for over a decade has left her comfortably harboring the belief that live performance is, literally, magical. She is committed to helping others experience the transformative power of being heard, and to promoting the arts as tools of social change and community building. Jorah loves words, courage, and really dark chocolate. Her favorite color is zebra.