First Draft

 A Curated Open Mic

First Draft is a curated open mic featuring writers of all skill levels, genres, and backgrounds. Curated readers have up to eight minutes to read a work-in-progress. The First Draft Goblet is available for those who want to throw their names in for a chance at the microphone (up to five minutes) The goal of First Draft is to bring diverse writers together who otherwise might not be in the same room.


First Draft is organized by spoken work artist, Ashley Lumpkin, and Greensboro Bound Festival Coordinator, Deonna Kelli Sayed. Ashley also serves as First Draft emcee.

Perfection is absolutely not required for First Draft participation. We want works-in-progress! That is why the series is call “First Draft.”

What does “curated open mic” mean? First Draft organizers handpick diverse writers of all skill levels to read works-in-progress and briefly discuss their writing. The goal is to gather different writers in the same space.  First Draft is designed to celebrate some aspects of randomness. The event allows for others to have a chance at the mic, too, and the First Draft Goblet decides audience participation.

The next First Draft is dedicated to public and private high school students in Guilford County. A Special Edition First Draft at Scuppernong Books will take place on Sunday, April 7th, 6-8 pm. The event is free and open to high school participants, teachers, friends, and parents.

Read about First Draft January 2019
Read about First Draft October 2019
Read about First Draft July 2018