2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational - Workshop Block 1

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Core Competencies: Communications, Intercultural Proficiency, Student Learning
April 6 – April 9, 2016
University of Texas–Austin, Austin

Workshop Block 1

Friday, April 8, Noon–1:15 p.m.

The Spaces We Need: A Demand for a Safer Poetry Community
Janae Johnson, University of California–Berkeley
Location: 3.116, Student Activities Center

This workshop will discuss the urgency surrounding building community spaces that value social justice and inclusion. The topics will range from how to create a poetry organization, to tips for hosting, to the pipeline between youth and “adult” slam. Overall, the workshop will aim to provide resources and provoke dialogue in order to help build a foundation for effective slam poetry spaces.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn to organize a community space on their respective campuses and/or communities, as well as gain tools to facilitate critical dialogue around social justice issues.

Writing for Persona
Jesse Parent, University of Utah
Location: 2.304 Black Box Theatre, Student Activities Center

Persona poems can come from anyone or anything, but it's still all about you. We will cover techniques and approaches to writing persona poetry. This will include samples, writing prompts, and theatrical performance techniques. 

Learning Objectives: Participants will gain exposure to persona poetry; how to physically embody objects, animals, and other people to relate message effectively. Character work in writing and performance will also be discussed. 

Updated April 7, 2016