Writers guild offers open mic

If you were thinking about joining a writer’s group to promote your work, now would be an excellent time to join the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will have an opportunity to read their work at the Guild’s annual Open Mic Night on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue. A $2 donation is requested at the door. Parking is plentiful and free.

“The annual Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s Open Mic program is one of our most popular of the year. It is a great way to hear the work of other writers and have a good time,” said President Donna Kapa.

To ensure as many people as possible have the chance to read, the Guild follows these guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild to read your work. You may join or renew your membership at the event ($30, with discount to $15 for students). There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for readers. Writers sign up on a first come, first serve basis.

2) You may only read your own work or that of another KWG member with their written permission.

3) Podium time is two to three minutes maximum, depending on the number of people who sign up. Three minutes is about one and a half double-spaced pages. A reader’s time includes any explanation, set-up or backstory. There are no exceptions. Readers should time their segment in advance.

4) The content of what you read should be suitable for a general audience.

Attendees are also invited to bring a book to swap with fellow writers. If your book is not picked up, you are welcome to leave it behind to become a raffle item at a future Guild meeting. Book swap starts at 6:30 before the Open Mic.

Visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.