On Nov. 7, 2015, I had the privilege of reading my short story, “Most of Us Are From Someplace Else,” at a public event held by the Writers Studio Tucson.
I’m in the advanced class of Writers Studio, and was eligible to enter the 2015 Write-to-Read competition. I was honored to be named one of three winners, along with Jenny Hedger and Lisa Harris. The judge was Tucson novelist and friend of the Writers Studio Adrienne Celt. Here we are all together last Saturday:
At Tucson’s first Write-to-Read Event. From left to right: Jenny Hedger, Lisa Harris, Adrienne Celt and Phil Ivory. (Photo by Writers Studio Tucson.)
We had an excellent turnout, so good in fact that many had to stand while the three stories were read. I want to thank my good friends who came out to support me and other writers.
The Writers Studio Tucson is doing a great job putting together public events like this to encourage the growth of local writers.
Lots of literary Tucsonans turning out for the 2015 Write-to-Read event on Nov. 7. (Photo courtesy of Kim Kloes.)
Reading my story was a very rewarding experience. It was a little nerve-wracking at first, looking out at so many faces and not knowing if people were enjoying or even following my story. But I started to hear laughter at some appropriate points and I knew that the audience was with me. After that, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy the experience.
Phil Ivory. (Photo courtesy of Kim Kloes.)
I know, as a listener, it can be hard to follow a story being read. Become distracted for a moment and you can lose the whole thread, and there’s no paging back to reclaim your bearings. So I tried to read as clearly and deliberately as possible.
I got lots of positive feedback afterwards, both on the read and the story itself, and I’ll be submitting the story for publication shortly.
Congratulations to my fellow writers, and special thanks to Adrienne as well as Writers Studio teachers Renee Bibby, Janelle Drumwright and Lela Scott MacNeil for putting this fantastic event together.