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Winner/Finalist Four National Awards:
Foreword Book of the Year, EGlobal, IPPY, and Next Generation
ISBN #978-097647427-2
Writer's Digest Book Awards - Judge's commentary
"... the perfect book for anyone who's ever considered a writing career but just couldn't seem to make the dream a reality."
The Writer magazine
"... coaching and humor that inspires and shows you how to become the writer you want to be."
Midwest Book Review
"... one of the most helpful books on writing that I have read."
Redbird Studio
20860 George Hunt Circle #312
Waukesha WI 53186
This is the original "Redbird Studio" founded by Judy Bridges in 1993. Currently sponsors Judy's workshops and readings.
Redoak Writing
Director: Kim Suhr
P.O. Box 342
Genesee Depot WI 53127
The official successor to Redbird Studio. Offers writers' roundtable groups and other programs for adults and young writers.
Redbird Studio
   Founded by Judy Bridges, 1993   

Tips for Public Readings

  1. Invite family and friends.
  2. Practice tongue twisters. Practice reading to a tape recorder.
  3. Check timing. Run under rather than over. Cut pages rather than trying to read faster.
  4. Use large type. If you tend to lose your place, trace line with a light touch of your fingers. If you tend to look down for too long, type your words on the top half of the page.
  5. Underline points of emphasis. Use arrows to remind yourself to speed up, raise our voice, etc.
  6. Carry your papers in a folder. No ring binder. No stapled pages. Slide your papers from right to left (or left to right) as you read. Never flip or shuffle them.
  7. Wear clothing that makes you feel good.
  8. Do not carry a pen. Do not touch your necklace, tie, collar or glasses.
  9. Drink herbal tea. No alcohol. No caffeine.
  10. Stand squarely on both feet.
  11. Ignore the mike. Look at the people. Breathe.
  12. Act serene. Fake it if you have to.
  13. Use a real voice, not a sing-song poet's voice.
  14. Communicate with, rather than read at.

    Best tips of all:
    • Focus on the audience, not yourself.
    • Try to connect with a particular person in the back of the room.
    • Focus on the main thought or emotion you want that person to get.
    • Pause. Breathe.
    • Show respect for your work and the audience.


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