Introducing technology to your readings and presentations

The next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association) on November 5, 2008, will focus on a variety of technologies from software to hardware that can make an author’s life easier and more productive. Once again, member Rik Feeney will address the group.

Rik will start out by demonstrating how to use a lapel microphone with a wireless connection (remember the system that Elaine Person used in our September meeting?) and a small, portable amplifier/speaker. Using such a system enables you to address larger audiences, helps listeners better hear what you are saying, and allows your readings and presentations to be saved for later use—as an audio version of your book (a CD or podcast), for example, that could potentially be sold or downloaded from your Web site.

Also during this first section of the meeting, Rik will demonstrate the simplicity of using a FLIP camera to visually record readings and presentations for posterity. These recordings can also be used to create DVDs and “videologs” for sale or download.

We had hoped, in the second part of Rik’s talk, to have a live demonstration of the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. (Here is a video review of Kindle from last December as well as some additional information on the capabilities of the reader.) Unfortunately, we have yet to line up such a demonstration. If it can be arranged, the demonstration will help you see the impact of publishing your books in an electronic version—and give you a possible holiday shopping idea for the reader in your family!

That next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. Our meetings are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at or contact Stephen Evans, group leader, at or 407-898-4299.


October 27, 2008. Meetings Information, Member Information.

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