read your story mash-up

It’s time for the second annual Writers’ Mastermind Read Your Story Mash-Up Challenge!

What is it?

Each attending writer will read up to 5 minutes of their work on video. It can be a published work or an excerpt of a work-in-progress. Flash fiction, short stories, chapters of novels of any genre are all welcome (please nothing extremely graphic).

Recorded readings will be done on the live Mastermind Mash-Up Zoom call or can be pre-recorded by the author and sent in to be added to the Mash-Up video.

Why do it?

  1. Video is the best way to connect with your audience. They can both see and hear you and get to know your work on an intimate level.
  2. Learning to read to your audience will prepare you for future publicity events (social media lives, book signings, etc.)
  3. We know many authors feel uncomfortable putting themselves out there—not just on video, but in any form. By accepting this challenge with us, you will break through resistance when it comes to promoting and sharing your work.
  4. The mash-up will shared on our website, social media, and mailing list. It will also be advertised, giving you and your writing free exposure and opening you up to new readers, friends, and followers.

This is a great opportunity to have some fun, maybe step out of your comfort zone, and become part of a collaborative project with all the writers in the community.

When is it?

There are two options:

  • Wednesday April 13th 11:00 AM EST
  • Saturday April 23rd 11:00 AM EST

Tips On Choosing Your Excerpt

  • 5 minutes of reading is approximately 1,000 words
  • Do a practice reading beforehand to time yourself
  • Your excerpt can be slightly under or over 5 minutes so you can end the reading in a good spot

How to join the mash-up

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for your Free Trial at the Writers’ Mastermind online writing group.
  2. If you are already a member, details will be sent out before the event.
  3. Please comment below, or contact with any questions you may have.

Note: if you have a disability that prevents you from reading, we have volunteers to read for you. Please reach out at

See you there!



Writers Read Their Work