Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids FAQ

A message from Mara in my inbox tonight:

I’m very interested in attending the Grownups Read event on Monday, but the start time isn’t mentioned on the website. It would probably help if I knew when to show up.

I’ve had a couple of very valid questions like this over the past little while, so here’s a little FAQ about the next reading event, which happens at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom this Monday, March 10, 2008.

1. When should I show up?

Doors open at 8:00. We’ll get started as soon as possible after that.

2. Where do I get tickets?

You don’t. It’s free. Just show up before we run out of space.

3. Can I bring something to read?

Yes, please. This is an open-mic event, and it only works when people actually bring things to read in front of other. Too many spectators makes for a short and boring night. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis, but I’d really appreciate an email if you plan on bringing something, just so I can gauge the numbers.

4. What does “kid” mean?

Kid = whatever you consider kid to mean. One of the best things about GRTTWaK is the wide variety of things people bring to read. We’ve had stuff from early elementary school all the way up to college age writing. Bring whatever you want.

5. How long should my piece be?

Short. See the third rule of GRTTWaK:

  1. You have to be the one who wrote it, as a kid
  2. You have to be the one who reads it, as an adult
  3. It has to be short (<5 minutes-ish)

That should cover most of the frequently asked questions. If you have another one, email me. Hope to see you out on Monday night. Here’s the official blurb:

GROWNUPS READ THINGS THEY WROTE AS KIDS is an open-mic evening of adults reading things they wrote as children — poems, book reports, and diary entries. Monday, March 10 at 8:00pm. Free. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom.

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  1. Ben Harris says:

    Totally amazing show last night. I have an OAC Writer’s Craft binder full of terrible shame that I want to unleash on you.

  2. cb meijers says:

    any plans to come out west? …i mean REALLY west… like vancouver island west.

    i religiously kept a diary (holly hobbie) of my first year of highschool because i thought it would be a kick to read when i was old(er). well i am (a bit older that is) and it is (a kick to read!).

    scary… i can still remember writing some of it.

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