Come one, come all! We may have to be at home for the near future, but we can still have an open mike via Zoom! It is going to be a relaxed format, with some easy guidelines, and a simple signup format. Everyone is welcome, active member or not.
– Open Mic will be held twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, with each session lasting 90 minutes.
– There will be seven readers, each reading for seven minutes, with three minutes in between for applause and switching, for a total of seven readers. The first ten and last ten minutes will be for welcomes and goodbyes.
– While we love feedback, due to the challenges of input from multiple people, all viewer mikes will be muted by moderator for the duration of the reading, and unmuted as soon as the reading is complete for applause and reactions. However, during the show listeners are highly encouraged to give visual reactions and feedback during the readings, such as thumbs up, applause in ASL, hearts, laughing, etc.
– Online signups will be posted two weeks in advance, first come, first served, with seven spots and four waitlist slots, and all readers must check in by the first ten minutes of the session, or open spots may be reassigned to the waitlist.
– Out of respect for all of the readers and the time constraints, readers will be required to end their reading at seven minute mark. There will be a one minute warning, and mics will be unmuted at seven minutes.
– Anyone who reads one week cannot sign up to read for the next week, although if there are any open slots with no waitlist a replacement reader may be picked from attendees.
– All genres and formats allowed, including poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction. However, while attendees will be adults, please be mindful of the fact that people will be viewing from home, and if a reading contains sensitive topics or adult language or contact, please CLEARLY state so at the beginning of the reading so that viewers can choose to mute their speakers. No rude or obscene gestures will be allowed, even if it is part of the narrative.
– Finally, while we understand schedules can be tricky, we gently request, and highly encourage, all listeners to stay for the entire reading, to ensure that the final reader has as much of an audience as the first reader.
– Sign up for May 26th here here (https://www.volunteersignup.org/WAXA4).