Readings by Michael Montoure

READINGS

For over a decade, my primary means of getting my stories out to people hasn’t been publication. It’s been doing readings — standing up in front of a crowd and reading them aloud, performing each character. The first time was at a private event, telling a ghost story I’d written for a Halloween party, but that was so well-received I soon found myself seeking audiences at conventions and coffee shops.

When I started, the intention was to work on getting my stories published — the readings were only meant to be a way to publicize my writing and build an audience. Somewhere along the line, that intention fell by the wayside. My interest, my enthusiasm, was all geared toward doing the readings. Mailing my stories out to editors and waiting weeks or months for a response just didn’t have the same immediacy I felt performing for an audience. It lacked the thrill of getting a reaction in real time, watching people’s faces, waiting for those widened eyes, that inrush of held breath.

It’s done a lot for the quality of my writing. It’s incredibly helpful to get that kind of group feedback, to see right away which phrases work and which ones don’t, to be able to tell when the pacing of a story is lagging by noticing the room growing restless. Doing the readings has also forced me to pay more attention to the sound of my writing, to how well the words flow together, to rhythm and meter, assonance and sibilance.

I’ve had other writers ask me on occasion how they can get started doing readings, and it’s easier than you might think. Find out where readings are happening in your city, then just go to the venues and introduce yourself, tell them what you do, and ask how you can get on their schedule. That’s really all there is to it.

I’ve started to get my work out there in print form, and as electronic publications, but believe me, I’m going to continue doing readings for years to come. You can check back here, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, to find out when the next one will be. Hope to see you soon.

VIDEOS


Remake, October 31, 2011, at The Reading Room

FLYERS AND LINK GRAPHICS

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PAST EVENTS

WAYWARD AUTHOR READING
Friday, June 29th, 2012
at Wayward Coffeehouse with Luna Lindsey
Stories: The Thirteenth Boy and Melt the Bullet, Blunt the Knife

FADE TO GRAY
Monday, October 31, 2011
at The Reading Room
Stories: Remake, Heroes and Villains, and A Sudden Loss of Cabin Pressure

NEW YEAR, OLD GHOSTS
Friday, January 14th, 2011
at The Night Kitchen with Causality co-creator Glynis Mitchell
Stories: Interference and New Year, Old Ghosts

LISTEN CLOSELY
Friday, October 29th, 2010
at Wayward Coffeehouse with Jenna Pitman
Stories: The Old Apartment

RAZORBLADE VALENTINE
Saturday, February 14th, 2010
at Wayward Coffeehouse

WHISPER IT TO ME
Friday, October 30th, 2009
at Wayward Coffeehouse with Angel Leigh McCoy
Stories: Counterclockwise

SCI-FI AUTHOR SERIES
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
at Wayward Coffeehouse

AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
Friday, October 31st, 2008
at Wayward Coffeehouse

HALLOWEEN READING
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
at Wayward Coffeehouse

HALLOWEEN READING
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

HALLOWEEN READING
Monday, Oct 31st, 2005
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

HALLOWEEN READING
Saturday, October 30th, 2004
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

DAY OF THE DEAD
Saturday, November 1st 2003
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

HALLOWEEN READING
Thursday, October 31st, 2002
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

HALLOWEEN READING
Wednesday, October 31st, 2001
at Aurafice Internet Cafe

THIRTEEN
Friday, October 13th, 2000
a party in honor of superstition, tradition, and phobias
at Aurafice Internet Cafe
presented by Catalyst Studios

CONVERGENCE 6 READING
Friday, May 26th, 2000
at Convergence 6

HALLOWEEN READING
Saturday, October 23rd, 1999
at Aurafice Internet Cafe