Festival News: The Open Mic Hour Returns to The Word On The Street!

We are excited to be hosting the Open Mic Hour at the hugely popular This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage for another year! This stage showcases great Canadian young adult books, authors, and artists, and features hourly, genre-based interactive programming sessions, including the Open Mic – an hour of programming dedicated to, and delivered by, the voices of Toronto’s emerging young writers.

“The Word On The Street created the Open Mic program to engage Toronto youth in the Festival and to nurture future literary talent,” Event Coordinator Kristen Gentleman says. “We want to encourage young writers to continue developing their voices, and we see The Word On The Street as the perfect venue to have their voices heard.”

Aspiring young writers aged 13 to 19 are welcome to submit their work in the categories of poetry, slam poetry, spoken word, short story, film, short play, monologue, songwriting, and comic/graphic novels. Successful applicants will be invited to present their work to the public on stage on Festival Day – Sunday, September 23rd.

Last year, author Kelley Armstrong hosted the Festival’s first Open Mic Hour. Eight young writers took to the stage to present their work to an audience of 69 people.

13-year-old Robert Adragna describes his Open Mic experience like this: “…like being on the top of the world. The personal satisfaction felt while sharing your literature gives you the air of being famous, not to mention an exhilarating rush of excitement.”

His fellow presenter, 18-year-old Timothy Keslick, had this to say: “As a spoken word artist, my time performing at The Word On The Street’s Open Mic was an amazing experience. Being able to tell my story, and see others make it their own, definitely rekindled my love of the written word.”

The deadline for Open Mic Submissions is Friday, June 29, 2012. . For more information, read the Open Mic Information Package. Those under the age of 18 must submit a completed permission form to be eligible.

Those interested in participating can email their unpublished written work to kristen@thewordonthestreet.ca or mail to The Word On The Street’s office at 67 Mowat Avenue, Suite 242, Toronto, ON M6K 3E3.

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