Deep at the heart of our Writer’s Workshop practices lies reading. Out loud, so you can hear your writing voice and feel what you meant while putting those words on paper. Readings are a significant part of being a writer. The ability to perform a work can make it stand out. Bringing it to the level you want involves reading it, at least for yourself.

If you enjoy reading of written work, I can recommend Selected Shorts, the public radio icon that puts stories from the likes of Kate Chopin, James Thurber and Raymond Carver in the mouths of seasoned actors. But for a more genuine experience, have a listen at Verb, voted by the Library Journal as one of the best magazines of 2005.

Verb.org is also a very different kind of magazine. It arrives on a CD, since it’s an aural take on stories. Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer winner, reads from one of his novels in Verb’s first issue. You can have a listen to that and other excerpts for free at the Verb podcast Web page, www.verb.org/podcast.html

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