Friday, 26 October 2018

Talking the talk

I still get nervous before public speaking, which is a completely different beast from standing up and teaching. However, I'm working at it and actually quite enjoy it once I get going.

Tonight, I'm co-presenter at the Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists for an evening of readings and discussion on feminist writing. This will be low key and the audience will be made up mostly of people I've met before, so it should be fine. Tomorrow, I'm running a short workshop at the Moulton Literary Festival on bringing fictional characters to life. This is much more daunting, because it is rather an unknown quantity. Tickets are being sold on the door for the whole day, so there is no way of knowing who will turn up and what their expectations will be. Exciting! I've done my prep and packed my boxes, so bring it on!

By coincidence, as I sat down to write this post one landed from my blogworld friend Sally Jenkins, who has some useful things to share about 'Speaking about writing'. Why not pop over and see what she has to say? 


  1. Sally does have some good tips. It sounds like you're confident about the first talk. Good luck on both of them, but especially at the Moulton Literary Festival.

  2. Thank you for the shout-out, Julia. I agree these events can be daunting - I'm running my first writing workshop in January and already feeling nervous!

  3. The more you do, the more confidence you'll feel - eventually! They sound interesting events, Julia.