650-Word True Stories


Read650 is a literary forum promoting established and emerging writers through curated live and digital performances celebrating the spoken word. It’s a high-quality platform for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience. Read650 places a strong emphasis on the craft of writing—word choices, sentence structures, the arc of the narrative. Our submission-based events are developed around broad themes that invite a wide range of expression. An editorial committee curates and sequences the content of each show and, where necessary, our editors collaborate with writers to further refine their work.

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Voices of Hope: Trailer
Apr 1 2021
59 seconds
New York StoriesOn MothersGreat OutdoorsMy LibraryThe First TimeStraight Outta IrelandBirthdaysGratitudeHope HappensLessons LearnedTis the SeasonThe Great OutdoorsVoices of Hope: Things Matter • Steady • Food for Thought • Vonnegut's PearlsHolidaysVoices of HopeSiblingsHauntedThe CarLove and MarriageImmigration Nation