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Essential Silence

Chris Friend (@chris_friend) teaches first-year writing classes, manages <i>Hybrid Pedagogy</i>, produces the podcast <i>HybridPod</i>, and needs to give his …

Readers recommend: spoken-word songs

Give us your recommendations and learn how to download this compilation<p>Promoting his Edgar Allen Poe-inspired dud The Raven four years ago, Lou Reed protested: "It's not spoken word. Spoken word sounds like a biography of Winston Churchill read to you by Ian McKellen - [People] want spoken word …

Readers recommend: songs that contain talking

Incidental chat, rambling openings, snatched dialogue or spoken asides? Sift out favourite songs containing spiel to help make this week’s list the talk of the town<p>Sometimes when walking down a city street, or entering a shop, or any public place or even work, I have a strange fantasy vision. It is …

Storytelling

How To Tell A Story–Right Now–From A Master Of Improv

Upright Citizen Brigade founding member Matt Besser is one of the world’s leading improvers. Here, the off-the-cuff expert offers wisdom on how to free associate your way to solid spontaneous storytelling.<p>What we say matters a great deal, but so does what we don’t say. There are times when you just …

Storytelling

improv4humans with Matt Besser podcast on Earwolf

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Recordings Capture Writers' Voices Off The Page

"Words, English words, are full of echoes, memories, associations, naturally. They've been out and about on people's lips — in the houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. And that is one of the chief difficulties in writing them today. They're stored with other meanings, with …

Literature

The Sound of Writing

The dog ate the food. That's writing at its plainest. Each word has a definite, well-known meaning, the signifiers point to their signifieds just …

Writing

Researchers explore how the brain separates our abilities to talk, write

Out loud, someone says, "The man is catching a fish." The same person then takes pen to paper and writes, "The men is catches a fish."<p>Although the …

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain

Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction<p>The novelist Kamila Shamsie measures out her life as an author in chapters, punctuated by a familiar …

The Brain

SoundWords

Auditory (Con)texts: Writing on Sound

Introduction<p>In this article I reflect on sound’s relationship to the written word that is attempting to describe, explain, and articulate sonic …

An Introduction To Sound Art

“A sound has no legs to stand on” – John Cage<p>Sound is very strange stuff. In fact, it’s not ‘stuff’ at all because it has no discernable substance or …

Our silenced voices.

I am only too aware of how I have silenced my voice.<p>How ironic that you might confuse this, my writing, with my voice!<p>The kids are back from school, …

Metronome.

A metronome's going<p>Tick, tick, tick.<p>And then it's suddenly stopped.<p>What on earth is going on?<p>When I'm writing...<p>Those pauses,<p>Those pauses,<p>To catch …

(E)motion Capture

Who leads this dance?<p>Am I captive?<p>Am I freely enchained?<p>A breath, a breath, a breath...<p>Where might this spirit vessel sail?<p>A breath billows spinnaker.<p>…

Fallow.

The hopper was filled to the brim with harvest.<p>The field is now, for all intents and purposes, empty.<p>It is close cropped.<p>I can do no more for now.<p>No …

Make Some Noise: Voicing Our Written Words

Writers should talk more. We write to make ourselves heard. We use writing to tell a story, contribute to conversations, add our voices to a chorus, …

Voice off.

I should be grown up.<br>I should be doing work.<p>Que Nenni!<p>I was reading poetry aloud.<p>I heard my voice anew.<p>It is a voice off.<p>How did my voice escape?<p>It …

Ajar.

I have found myself in the wings of #clmooc over the past few days.<p>Last year, I spent much time drawing with Paper by 53<p>I can't remember how that …

Made in entropy.

Unseen, unsaid, is it best left un...understood?<p><i>"Make an unintro,"</i> my mainly unread #clmooc prompt wrote.<p>Nothing coming to mind, I let my fingers go …

Climbing trees.

I had watched my brother from afar, clambering up the tree.<p>However hard I tried, I was simply not big enough to reach...<p>to reach up far enough, to …

See me. Feel me...

<i>Feeling through text.</i> <i><br>Feeling through speech.</i> <i><br>Feeling through format.</i> <i><br>Feeling through sharing.</i> <i><br>Feeling through appreciation.</i> <i><br>Feeling through recognition.</i></i> …

This is freedom.

It started with resistance, resistance:<p>to Being mediated,<br>to being Mediated by this blog,<br>to being mediated by these Digits...<p>I was touch typing, a …

Adhoc voices

<b>One forty nine pm. Saturday</b>.<p>Frustration.<p>I am up a ladder folding clothes.<p>Suddenly it occurs to me that I am listening to the radio. If I am …