On Tuesdays in November, the PEIWG is trying something new: WE'RE GOING DIGITAL!! Our online workshop series, Drop the Mic: An Intro to Spoken Word, will explore the rich genre of spoken word and storytelling art form, in hopes of giving participants a confidence boost and performance experience along the way - all in a comfortable, online space.
Led by award-winning interdisciplinary research, ethicist and spoken-word artist Dr. Julie Bull, this four-week workshop series will give participants the chance to explore and practice skills of the art of spoken word.
Bull will present on the topics of:
- How does poetry become spoken-word art?
- Elements of poetry
- Sound patterns
- Collective poetry writing.
Participants will also be given writing prompts and have the opportunity to write their own poems, either independently or in a shared working environment.
“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the PEI Writers’ Guild on an event that highlights the art of spoken-word poetry,” says Bull. “As facilitator, I’ll introduce the basic tenants of spoken-word art and provide space for participants to write and perform a new poem. I look forward to seeing what creations come from this collaboration.”
The final session will be a virtual poetry slam where participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces.
The workshop series will run Tuesdays in November, from 7-8 pm, and includes Tuesdays Nov. 3rd, Nov. 10th, Nov. 17th, and Nov. 24th. The cost for all 4 sessions is $40/ PEIWG Members and $50/ Nonmembers.
Session pricing includes all four workshops (no single workshop pricing is available this time). Two bursaries will be reserved for members of diverse and Indigenous communities: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Born in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (NunatuKavut), Julie Bull now resides in Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk). In March 2020, Julie was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program. Julie put those skills to work in the summer of 2020 where she was a top winner at the PEERS Alliance/PRIDE PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam, as well as a performer in the Island Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe.