Bad pun. But for an awesome occasion.
Wednesday, March 7 is World Read Aloud Day. Maybe it’s the throwback to a simpler time, the days of bedtime stories and getting tucked in to bed, but we lovelovelove reading books out loud. We’re celebrating in style with our friends at Books of Wonder! We’ll be at Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave., New York City) starting at 3:00 p.m. on March 7 for a read-aloud and writing workshop.
“But I am not a New York fig and I want to go and how can I participate and you all have very pretty hair.” -Actual Figment user. For realsies. Pinkie swears.
Do we? Oh. Hadn’t even noticed. *hair flip* What better way to get involved in World Read Aloud Day than to have your work read out loud? Trick question. No better way. From now until March 6 at 5p.m., tag your existing or brand new 500 – 1,000 word story with readingiswrad and get a shot at having your story read–out loud, of course–by Alecia Whitaker (author of The Queen of Kentucky). Three stories will be chosen by Figment editors based on clarity, creativity, and amazingosity and Alecia will read them aloud on March 7.
How will you know if your story got chosen? You won’t know until the day of the event when a published author starts reading your story! Best surprise ever.
We’ll also be hosting a writing session from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. where we throw some prompts at you and put the pressure on! ‘Cause you can’t read it aloud until it’s written!
Check out the full guidelines here and we hope to see you on March 7!
*AND if you’re not in New York and in addition to having your work read aloud by the amazing Ms. Whitaker, you also want to get in on some live WRADness, there are loads of other events going on around the country. Check out the LitWorld site to find something near you.