Workshop for Writers

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Uncomfortable sharing your work at readings? Performing your work is the most direct way for writers and poets to communicate, develop their profile and share their work and unique voice, and is often the most overlooked.

Our open mic has been here to provide an opportunity for our Writers to develop performance skills through practice. Now, we’re upping the game.

Performance Skills for Writers Workshop

For writers, both experienced and new who no longer want to feel timid and unsure when standing before a crowd of even peers.

Wednesday, September 15th, 6 - 9 pm | On Zoom | $15 per person


  1. Develop Vocal Confidence and Presence: Learn and practice the skills needed to feel more comfortable and to maximize the opportunities to present when promoting your work. 
  2. Discover What Makes a Compelling Reading: Discover the key vocal aspects of developing and putting together a good performance.
  3. Hone Your Vocal Skills: Master new vocal strategies to free your voice so that you can showcase your work in the best possible light and engage your audience.
  4. Shine in the World: Let your voice support your writing talent and allow it to shine when you perform live or online, whether it’s for an open mic or your own podcast.  

Meet your instructor

Debora Joy is a voice coach and veteran professional actor, singer and director who holds a Voice Performance degree (BMus) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing (MFA) from York University. She studied extensively with master voice teacher David Smukler, and master singing teachers Richard Armstrong, Patricia Kern, and Mary Morrison. She also studied with Kristin Linklater, the groundbreaking author of Freeing the Natural Voice.

As a voice coach, Debora recently worked on the popular TV series THE HANDMAID’S TALE and STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Debora has been teaching voice in the George Brown College Theatre School in Toronto since 1998. Before that, she headed the voice department at the University of Windsor and taught voice for actors at York University and the University of Toronto (Erindale).

You can learn more about her on her website:

Workshop Structure

  • A live virtual workshop via Zoom, beginning with an hour of instruction and then two hours of working individually with authors. Other participants will observe the individual sessions to learn from others’ experiences.
  • Individual sessions are up to 10 minutes in length.
  • A maximum of 12 students can participate. Debora would like to receive participants writing ahead of the workshop.

The First 12 to Register have the opportunity at first choice to have voice work critiqued by Debora.

$15 per person

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with gratitude to our workshop sponsor

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