IN PERSON Writing Performance
For much of history, reading was a noisy affair: In ancient Iraq and Syria, for example, the words for to read meant to cry out or to listen. Yet today, silent reading is the norm, and reading out loud is reserved for bedtime stories and Shakespeare. But the ancient art of reading aloud, it turns out, has several benefits: it improves memory, leads to greater understanding of texts, and strengthens our emotional bonds with others.
Words and syllables unfold in patterns and rhythms that create meaning and give us pleasure—and like sheet music, they need a voice. In this course, you’ll compose several short pieces, read them out loud, and receive on-the-spot feedback. You’ll discover how sound adds meaning, depth, and beauty to a piece of writing. In a richly supportive environment, you’ll grow as a writer and offer others the gift of your voice.
This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Laura Swart is passionate about writing and teaching. She has taught creative and critical writing to adults for thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. She is a published novelist, poet, and playwright and the director of I-AM ESL, an online language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Laura’s degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking and woven themselves into her classroom and her writing.