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The Art of Random – Youth Writing Workshop
October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
The People’s Poetry Festival presents a workshop for youth (12-18).
Writing is often thought to be about freedom, but at the same time, some of the world’s greatest literature has been created under some form of constraint. This innovative workshop will explore the literary possibilities that can be created through apparent randomness, in one activity the writer will select passages from random pages of a novel, and then “fill in the blanks” of the poem using more cut-outs or, if they so choose, their own words. This is just to give a taste other poetic randomizers will be revealed at the event. Together, we will attempt to create meaning from supposed nonsense and exercise our creativity in unexpected ways in order to create poetry of a sort we may never have considered before.
Em Williamson is a young writer and budding writing instructor who teaches monthly poetry classes and frequently attends open mics and poetry slams in Calgary, including having been invited as a feature poet at several events. It is her goal in life to teach young people that poetry is the furthest thing from boring, and that literature can be one of the most powerful forms of empowerment and self-expression. To do this, she wants to explore as many different forms of literature as possible – because surely there must be something out there for everyone!
Workshop sponsored by CYHMN
Please register at ppfyouth.brownpapertickets.com