Session & Speaker Preview: Lori M. Myers and Acting the Book

lori myersLori M. Myers is an award-winning, multi-genre writer, and she’s also a central PA resident. We’re so pleased to welcome her to HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers. She’s presenting “Acting the Book: Putting Pizzaz Into Your Literary Readings.”

Here, Lori answers a few questions about her upcoming session and involvement with the conference.

HIPPO: We don’t want to give too much away about your session, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

LORI: I hope attendees will view literary readings more as “dramatic” readings, but no acting experience is necessary. Attendees will take away some wonderful creative ways they can showcase their creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.

New, intermediate, and advanced writers would benefit – this is another marketing tool they could use to promote themselves and their work.

What is your best advice for attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Keep an open mind. Take in everything, talk to everyone, participate in as many workshops as possible, take notes because your head will be swimming from all the excitement and all the new people you’ll be meeting.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the inaugural HippoCamp?

There’s something “magical” about the word “inaugural.” I’ve been with Hippocampus Magazine from its beginning (thank you, Donna), and its been glorious to witness the publication’s growth and, really, how it’s changed lives (I’m not exaggerating). This conference, I’m sure, will be the first of many, and so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

What’s on your personal conference agenda? Perhaps share with us a session/event you don’t want to miss.

Well, without a doubt, the two keynoters. I mean, Lee Gutkind and Jane Friedman?!! Not to be missed!

As a resident of the central PA region, what are you most excited to share with attendees and other speakers about Lancaster?

I’m always telling people about downtown Lancaster. I’m so impressed by its walkability and creativity. The farmers’ market, the theaters, the shops, the restaurants. Even the most inconspicuous storefront has surprises inside. It’s sort of like one big Cracker Jack box!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lori! “Acting the Book: Putting Pizzaz Into Your Literary Readings” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at 12:15 and is part of the SHARE track.