During the pandemic, our workshops turned into phone conferences. The concept was simple. The readers join phone calls with 2 or 3 volunteers and a Story Chain facilitator. The reader would then introduce the story and read for 20 minutes. The rest of the phone call volunteers give helpful suggestions on how to improve the story with their voice. Each literacy profile receives 4 conference calls from nearly a dozen volunteers.
So when it comes time to record, we know our readers are ready. We give them 48 hours to record all of their rehearsed material. We either record via iphone or we bring an Olympus recorder directly to their home, show them how to use it and pick it up a couple of days later.
Here is a comment from a volunteer observing the work of another volunteer during a conference call with a reader:
“He explained the best ways to bring a listener into the story are to introduce suspense, build excitement, and provide lots of energy to bring the story to life. ‘Practice, practice, practice before you record’ …It was remarkable to hear the change in the reader’s confidence and cadence after a few helpful tips from Kirk. Very great experience.”
Once we have compiled all the recordings we edit and download onto mp3 players.