It’s two weeks before my poetry reading, and I am nervous and excited. It’s not the first time I’ve presented my writing in public, in fact, far from it. Yet, I am just as nervy as if it was the first time. Hm, it sounds like a Foreigner song. 😊
I’d been trying to find a way to keep in practice after New York State was quarantined and decided to schedule a zoom webinar. Why zoom? It’s accessible to text-to-speech technology. Not only is it accessible but a presentation can be recorded, and it is also reasonably priced.
After writing my invitation I thought about how I would be able to also create an audible invitation and perhaps attract a little more cachet, as it were. I recorded the message on the sound recording app on my windows 10 laptop and saved as an MP3. Once this was done, I asked a friend for a favor. The background music was added, and the result was a great audio invitation. I then created a blog post and sent it out with the audio recording.
Let me back up a little – I learned how to convert the MP4 WAV file to the preferred MP3 that can be uploaded onto a blog website with a media file transfer plug-in. Folks, if I listed each and every step in this article, it would become long and confusing. I will say, if a person does not wish to put aside time to learn more technology-related programs and take the time to be trained on these programs, one must find someone to do this, and this means contracting with an expert and paying for services.
I compromised, learning the less technical tasks like converting files with the program called Switch, and paying for a zoom pro account so I have full control of meetings, webinars, and recordings. I Hope to one day be able to edit simple audio files myself but until then, I barter services with trustworthy and reliable people or ask for a favor. Failing this, I pay for the services.
Once the invitation was written and recorded, I pushed it out over my blog, Face Book, and Twitter. I sent it to all my writing contacts, email lists, friends, family, and business contacts. I hope for at least ten attendees and more than ten listeners will send me over the moon.
I also have a friend co-moderating so during the presentation I do not have to split my attention.
I selected the poems and essays, practiced, and timed them so I can fill the hour. My co-host and I will touch base and go over the list. Once the reading is over the recording will be posted on my website and blog and I hope to use clips from it to promote my work.
I love to share writing and connect with people, and I think this reading will accomplish this.
AN EVENING OF POETRY
An Evening of Poetry by author poet Ann Chiappetta
Hi, I’m poet and author Ann Chiappetta. I’m hoping you can join me for an evening of poetry on September 10 at 7 p.m. via zoom. I’ll be reading selections of my collections Upwelling and Words of Life.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining me.
You can learn about my books and other writing-related information by going to: www.annchiappetta.com
Or by subscribing to my blog, www.thought-wheel.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Stay well and stay creative.