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When

Runs from Thursday October 20 2022 to Thursday December 1 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Venue

Online
Online
Toronto ON M6K 2B2

Information

× Instructor: Alia Josephine Ettiene

2:30PM- 4PM


Class Description: This six-session course will act as an introduction to writing spoken word as well as African and Afro Caribbean folklore. Each week, six participants will engage with a new piece of folklore, exploring their own interpretation to the piece. In addition to folklore, participants will collectively read/listen to works from writers such as Saul Williams and Audre Lourde. Those taking this course are invited to engage in discussion around the work explored before creating their own work. Allowing for various points of view throughout the process.

All sessions will be facilitated by Alia Ettienne. An experienced facilitator, performer and writer she will be guiding participants through various writing prompts. During the duration of this course individuals will learn the basis of spoken word and how the form came to be. Vocal technique will be touched upon as the art of spoken word often requires strong articulation. Individual lessons will include the origins of spoken word, exploring the craft of oral storytelling and rhythm within poetry. Individual lessons will include the origins of spoken word, exploring the craft of oral storytelling and rhythm within poetry.

Please note that this course welcomes all participants, however, BIPOC identified folks will be prioritized for participation.



Materials: - Writing Utensils - Paper/notebook


About the instructor: Alia Ettienne is a Afro-Caribbean multidisciplinary artist and facilitator from Toronto, ON. After studying Performance at Sheridan College she moved on to explore Creative Writing and Arts Marketing. Her first solo piece YellowZoned premiered in The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival, later remounting twice in Hamilton,ON. This led to her being featured in Hamilton’s View’s Magazine. She founded her creative wellness program, Chill N Do Art five years ago and has since expanded to include the Creative Coping Kits Initiative, which was featured on the Toronto blog She In The City. Currently, she is most focused on developing her second show Allow For Release: The Xiety Complex, fulfilling her role as Coordinator of the Accessible Futures Program and completing her residency as a part of the RBC Desire Lines III Cohort.

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