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The Center for New Words is a project of New Words Live, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting diverse women artists creating from the many realities and possibilities of women's lives. We produce cutting-edge live author events, a monthly open mic, special events and writing workshops.

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The Center for New Words presents:


Performance Skills for Writers

Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
May 26 through June 23

Open-mics, slams, and other live performance venues are some of the best places to get your work heard, whether you're an experienced writer or just starting out. But it takes a lot more than great writing to connect with a live audience. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn to overcome stage fright, make friends with the microphone, chat up the crowd, and put your body and voice to work in the service of your words. Plus, you'll get practical tips on findingvenues that are right for your work, and getting yourself booked as a featured reader. In a fun, supportive atmosphere, we'll learn together by doing, trying something else, and doing it again -- culminating in a field trip to a local live venue to wow the crowd with your new skills!

Toni Amato's fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including Our Own Voices, Food and Other Enemies, and Strange Angels. S/he has performed extensively in Boston and New York City, as well as at Temple, Goddard and Brandeis Universities. S/he has studied fiction with Dorothy Allison, Mary Gaitskill and Marge Piercy. S/he is a recipient of the 2000 LEF Fellowship and the 2001 Diana Korzenik Fellowship to the Boston Writer's Room.

Jaclyn Friedman is a slam-winning poet and performance artist who has performed with SisterSpit and has monopolized countless hours of mic time at venues across New England. Her electric performances earned her a 2001 Cambridge Poetry Award. Friedman's work can be found in Sojourner, The Underwood Review, Moxie, What's Up Magazine, and the anthologies Best Bisexual Erotica and Shameless. She is the Program Coordinator for The Center for New Words, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College.

Space is limited in these one-of-a-kind workshops, so reserve your place today! All workshops require pre-registration and cost $175. A $50 non-refundable deposit per workshop is required to hold workshop space. Interest-free payment plans and limited scholarships are available. Email us or call CNW at 617-876-5310 to register today, or for more information.

PS -- If you'd like to receive a brochure containing all of the information on these upcoming workshops, plus a tear-off registration form, just email us a request with your mailing address and we'll send it right out.

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