July 29, 2019–August 2, 2019
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Performing & Editing Spoken Word Poetry
Spoken word is a powerful art form to empower youth to articulate their feelings and experiences in a way that is clear, concise, effective, and artistic. Poetry slam is a unique game that allows students to share their spoken word pieces, fostering healthy competition, communal encouragement, and creativity. In this class, we will explore strategies to create an impactful spoken word poem, collaboratively edit to prepare to take on the stage, and practice performance exercises to strengthen our delivery.
Spoken word is particularly recognized for capturing the attention of an audience through writing that lives successfully both on the page and the stage. In addition to the performance and editing work we will engage in, we will also discuss how to promote/market our writing on a professional level. At the end of the week, we will participate in a "mock" poetry slam to showcase our new skills. This class relies on active student participation, critical thinking, and public speaking. While the curriculum is tailored to students with prior poetry experience, beginners who are up for a challenge are welcome to sign up.