Led by Governor General’s literary Award finalist Rebecca Thomas and Ann Connor Brimer Award finalist Andre Fenton, this dynamic workshop will delve into the art of poetry with big hearts and open minds. Participants will address themes spanning from joy to activism and will explore the creative process, dedication, and responsibility of poets who use their voices. Alongside the bigger picture, there be tips and tricks for participants to turn their poem on the page into a complete performance, with a focus on stage presence, body language, and communication. The Spoken Word Intensive will be an inclusive space where participants can share their work, ask for advice, and spend time developing their craft.
About the co-instructors: Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada. He is an author of three books, Ode to Teen Angst (2016), Worthy of Love (Formac, 2018), and ANNAKA (Nimbus, 2019). He is based in the Halifax area. Rebecca Thomas is an award-winning Mi’kmaw poet. She is Halifax’s former Poet Laureate (2016 – 2018) and has coordinated the Halifax Slam Poetry team (2014 – 2017). She is also the author of the children’s book I’m Finding My Talk (Globe & Mail Top 100 Pick of 2019; CBC Best Picture Book of 2019; and multi-award nominee) and the collection of adult poetry I place you into the fire (CBC Best Canadian Poetry pick of 2020).
Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers
Dates of 3-week workshop: Mondays, Mar 14 + Mar 21 + Mar 28, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Nonmember/member price: $149
Price for BIPOC writers/artists: $49
If the registration fee would make it difficult or impossible for you to participate in this workshop, we encourage you to contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a partial or complete fee wavier.