Starts: Sat 19 Nov
Time: 11am – 4.00pm
Duration: 1 Day
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The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to present Mindshift: The Connected Writer in association with The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Words Ireland.
Looking to take part in more literary events and festivals? Or maybe you want to improve your skillset for readings, panel discussions and interviews. This professional development day for emerging and established writers will inform you on how to get the gig and how to connect with audiences. Hear from writers, events programmers and festival directors as they discuss knowing your USPs, connecting with relevant organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. Preparation, your onstage presence and the dos and don’ts of literary performances will also be tackled.
Event and festival curators in conversations: Keith Acheson of the Crescent Arts Centre and Belfast Book Festival will be in conversation with Cathy Brown of the Seamus Heaney Homeplace and Bert Wright of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival to discuss how writers should approach literary festivals and events organisers.
Break for lunch
1.30 - 2.40
Louise Phillips - The Modern Writer: a session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace. Should you be active on social media? What does it mean to be 'a brand'? These, among many other relevant questions, will be tackled.
Michelle Read - Performance Techniques: Performer, producer, playwright and dramaturg Michelle Read will coach you through the do's and don'ts of prepping for stage appearances and offer tips on how to boost your confidence.