Objectives include learning about the history of spoken word and its place within the wider world of poetry, understanding some of the stigma surrounding spoken word and slam, and increasing appreciation for the craft of writing for performance.

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Time: eight Tuesdays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 15 March - 3 May, 2022

Location: QWF Office—Westmount, QCView map

Description

Open to all.

Limited to 12 participants.

In this workshop, participants will step out of their comfort zones and onto the stage.

Objectives include learning about the history of spoken word and its place within the wider world of poetry, understanding some of the stigma surrounding spoken word and slam, and increasing appreciation for the craft of writing for performance.

Resource materials include but will not be limited to text, audio, and video from some of the best known and most beloved poets in Canada and the U.S. Participants will be expected to watch and/or listen to poems, discuss form and poetic devices, create original work, and share with the group.

Poetry as creative catharsis, democratization, and act of rebellion will be examined.

Performance tips such as mic use and engagement with the audience will also be discussed.

Important Note: At this time, our intention is to hold this workshop at the QWF office, with two virtual slots available for QWF members residing outside Montreal but within Quebec. The Atwater Library, which houses the QWF office, requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. If you live outside Montreal but within Quebec and would like to attend virtually, please write to us first at workshops@qwf.org. Plans can change based on the latest public health guidelines. Please note our virtual slots are currently limited as we are still piloting our new teleconferencing equipment for workshops, and we hope to offer more virtual slots in the fall.

Workshop leader

Deanna (DNA) Smith is a poet, performer, teaching artist, and social-justice advocate. Her artistic work is rooted in her experience as a fifth-generation Canadian who thinks in two languages and her exploration of identity as the descendent of kidnapped and exploited Africans. Deanna is a former Montreal Slam Champion and is currently the VP of the Throw Poetry Collective. She is eagerly anticipating a return to the stage with the Kalmunity Vibes Collective. Deanna has a background in Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology. She has a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing another in Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Please note that workshop registration is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Payment is required to confirm your place in the workshop. 

Payments are to be made online via credit card or PayPal. Click on the link below to add the workshop to your shopping cart, then proceed to payment. QWF Members must be logged in to receive their discount. If you are not already a QWF member, you will have the option of purchasing a Membership, in which case you will receive the discounted workshop rate.

If you are unable to pay online, you can temporarily reserve a place by registering online. Your payment must be made to the QWF office by cheque or cash within 7 days of registration or it will automatically be cancelled.

If the workshop is full, you will have the option of joining the waiting list. If a space becomes available, all those on the waiting list will be notified at once by email. The available spot will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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