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Lit Up 2015 Workshops

November 28, 2015 - November 29, 2015


Start the Lit Up festival with FREE workshops. Join us at the Aliwal Arts Centre for an interactive morning of poetry writing and performances workshops.

1. How Yoga Helps in Creative Writing By Josephine Chia
Bring out the yogi writer in you. This workshop will introduce the role of yoga in creative writing. The segment will start with a brief explanation of the principles of yoga and how it can release tension which affects and inhibits creativity. There will also be some movement and breathing techniques taught to release tensed muscles involved. Workshop goers can look forward to using the techniques learnt in some writing exercises.

2. Rage for the Page and Stage –the Bards of Brixton By Karen McCarthy Woolf and Francesca Beard
This two-part segment will teach workshop goers how to write, structure and perform their poems.

Poet and editor Karen McCarthy Woolf will give an interactive, close reading from her collection An Aviary of Small Birds and invite participants to join her in new ways of thinking about craft and form – from traditional techniques such as lineation and rhyme to found poems, visual hybrids and more conceptual approaches.

Poet Francesca Beard will then discuss stage presence, persona, improvisation techniques, planning a set and how to prepare for performance. Suitable for seasoned performers as well as page poets who have yet to give a reading. This will be a hands on workshop so please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

3. Inside Out: Travel, Ethnographic Writing, and the Reflective Voice By John Wright and Verna Rieschild (PhD)

John Wright focuses on auto ethnographic writing, encouraging you to explore the known and unknown Self through poetry. You will have a chance to use reflection and introspection as part of the creative process, as well as to experience how creating and sharing poetry can have a therapeutic impact.

Verna Rieschild, PhD, will lead you as you practice capturing authentic voices and perspectives of the Other. You will practice ethnographic ways of observing, interviewing, and writing both poetry and prose, and learn about, share, and adapt culturally embedded poetic genres (e.g., Chinese “fields and gardens” and “rivers and mountains” poetry, qasidah or ghazal ). Part of this session will focus on writing poetic responses to landscape.

Lit Up 2015 Workshops are free but limited to 20 places only.
Register on the Lit Up website under Workshops: http://www.litup.sg/#!workshops/gm520


November 28, 2015
November 29, 2015
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