Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books • June 18-19, 2010
UW-Waukesha Campus • 1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha
Not all writers at the Festival are famous — yet, that is. On Saturday, June 19 from 2:00 — 2:50 p.m. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to hear original poetry, nonfiction, humor, fiction, even scripts and experimental writing in a Teen Writers’ Open Mic*. The open mic will take place on the stage in the Commons Hub.
“I think the audience will be amazed at the range of writing they hear from young people,” stated Kim Suhr, Director of Red Oak Young Writers, who will emcee the event. “Teens are writing novels, social commentary and heartfelt poetry. It’s refreshing to hear the voices of our young people in their own words. It is also a terrific opportunity for young people to get a wider audience for their work.”
Today’s teen writers are tomorrow’s published authors. Who knows? The next Kris Radish, Reed Farrel Coleman or future Poet Laureate could be among the young writers on our stage. You may just want to ask for an autograph!
Teens are invited to read up to 3 minutes of an original piece of writing in the genre of their choice: poetry, essay, fiction, humor, memoir or script. The only requirement is that the selected piece be suitable for an audience of all ages.
Interested writers should contact the Open Mic emcee, Kim Suhr (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to get their name in the lineup. Participants can also sign up at the door.
(On a side note to Red Oak writers: I’d love to have your work as the focal piece of this Open Mic event. Please get in touch with me asap to put your name on the list. It’s great practice for the day you are on your book tour! ~Kim)
* This is just one of the many exciting happenings at the festival. Be sure to check out their website for a full listing of author events, music, food and fun.)