Spoken Word Intensive
This introductory two-weekend course lets you immerse yourself in spoken word poetry, leading up to a final performance by members of the class.
What you can learn.
- Complete generative exercises to develop new spoken word work
- Experience craft lectures and review performance videos by established artists
- Workshop drafts in small groups
- Prepare your new work for performance in a special event
About this course:This intensive workshop offers support, structure, and guidance for anyone who has a message to deliver. Be it traditional spoken word poetry, speech or sermon delivery, songwriting, or solo performance art, this intensive workshop helps students create material worth standing for, and then helps them raise their voices to meet the moment. The first weekend offers generative writing exercises, small group shares and discussions, lectures on craft, reading aloud newly-created work, and viewing performance footage. Over the next month, students edit and fine-tune their pieces and prepare their performance through memorization and practice. On the final weekend, they gather to compile the material for a culminating live performance. Students come away with fresh material, live performance experience, and a taste of collaborative creation. Suitable for all levels of experience in regards to both writing and performance.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.