Spoken Word Workshops

Giving Voice to What Matters

with Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland

“I am signaling you through the flames…,” says Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, illustrating the power of spoken word to wake the masses. But the art of spoken word requires more than well-written poetry. It requires full-on physical, mental, emotional, and vocal commitment. In this experiential workshop led by poet, theatre artist, and artist facilitator, Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland, you will unpack the essentials required to light up the room with your spoken word poetry, exploring the basics of vocal and physical dynamics, and how to use rhythm and repetition to your advantage. Using a series of free-fall writing exercises, you will begin your own spoken word creation, be schooled in the basics of good rehearsal practice, and have the opportunity to perform your creation, should you so desire. You will leave with a solid action plan for moving forward. Fun and freeing.

Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland’s short stories, personal essays, and poems have been published widely. As a spoken word artist, she performed alongside husband Beverly Glenn-Copeland at the Dawson City Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks, and at MoMA PS1(NYC). She took the stage as a storyteller at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, and the Canadian National Exhibition, among others. Elizabeth won the 2014 WFNB Young Adult Fiction Award for Traeh Gnul and her novella, JAZZ won the 2014 Ken Klonsky Novella Prize. She wrote and produced her spoken-word eco-play, Bearing Witness at Mount Allison’s Brunton auditorium before serving as 2018 Writer-in-Residence at the Joggins Fossil Institute. Elizabeth won the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award for her work in community.


Spoken Ancestries

with Dona Nham

Spoken Ancestries is a spoken word workshop that will take participants on an introspective journey of the Self. Where do we come from? Who do we come from? What stories do we hold? Our own personal histories and lineages will be the inspiration for building a deeper language to ourselves and relationship to our roots. Participants will be guided through a series of collective and individual activities that will investigate, explore, and celebrate the mysteries and truths that only they can tell. Elements of spoken word, performance, and play will be explored in the activities. At the end, participants will share their pieces as an intimate showcase.

Photo: Michael Kovacs

Xin chào! Dona Nham is a Vietnamese-Chinese femme born and raised in Treaty 6 (Edmonton) and has been living in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) since 2009. She is a spoken-word artist, arts-based facilitator, community organizer and cultural worker. Her practice is inspired by regenerative patterns within nature, the exploration of her ancestry and liminality, stories of resilience and diaspora, and the expansive and evolving work of what it means to decolonize, to heal, to love, and to seek truth, even in the darkest of places.


Please visit the main page for more information on StoryScaping: Creative Word-shops for Youth and Seniors, or to fill out a request form for either of these workshops.