Occurs on Wednesday September 11 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Workman Arts Theatre
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× In this class, participants have the opportunity to explore the parameters of poetry and develop their own unique approach to writing – inspired by their particular interests, passions and preferences. Each class students will be provided with a writing prompt and then will have the opportunity to share the work they have created during the week in a safe supportive environment. While half of the class time is dedicated to this process of work-shopping, the other half is devoted to the creation of special projects that reflect each student’s particular interests. Special projects are peer-supported and allow students to let their passions be their guide in deciding how they would best like to present their writing. Past projects include the creation of a poetry chapbook, a series of paintings that incorporate verse, a short poetry video, a spoken word CD, a theatrical performance poetry piece or a recipe box filled with cards containing both artwork and poetry. This course is student-centered and based on the idea that the best poetry you can produce will be a reflection of your unique method of self-expression – and that true creative fulfillment comes from working together with the support of others, and focusing on process over perfection.

Instructor: Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is a teacher, poet and novelist who has been writing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary Slamnation, as a member of the country’s first national slam team, in 2005 her spoken word CD, Onewas nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, and in 2009 she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour for outstanding achievement in the art of spoken word.

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