Spoken Word Youth Mentorship Project
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Precarious Spoken Youth Word Mentorship Project

Co-presented by the Precarious Arts Festival and the Peterborough Poetry Slam in partnership with the Aspire Youth Mentorship Program

Have you got a story to tell?

Spoken word poetry has often been described as one of the most accessible art forms: all you need is a story, and a desire to communicate it. This mentorship program, offered in Nogojiwanong - Peterborough, Ontario aims to pair experienced spoken word artists and slam poets with emerging youth writers (age 17-29) in a four week project. Together, we will explore the art of spoken word poetry, community and the role of the artist.

Join us for a series of workshops, master classes and break-out sessions where you can work on your poems. Mentors and participants will meet twice a week, once in a group and once in small break-out sessions (1 mentor and 2 mentees) to work on creating original and engaging spoken word poems. These events will take place between November 19th and December 11th and will finish with a live performance at The Theatre on King where mentors and mentees will perform together.

Tuesday, November 19th 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (all participants)
Project opening with Shirley Williams and training on mentorship provided by Bethann Brown with the Aspire Mentorship Program

Week one (Time determined by you and your mentor)
Mentor/Mentee Meet-ups (Editing and Mentorship)

Tuesday, November 26 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Master Class with Lillian Allen (all participants)

Week Two (Time determined by you and your mentor)
Mentor/Mentee Meet-ups (Editing and Mentorship)

Tuesday, December 3rd from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (all participants)
Master Class, Words and Movement with Wes Ryan

Week Three (Time determined by you and your mentor)
Mentor/Mentee Meet-ups (Editing and Mentorship)

Tuesday, December 10th from 4:30- 6:30pm (all participants)
Master Class, Microphone Demystification with Jon Hedderwick and Dress Rehersal

Wednesday, December 11th at The Theatre on King (all participants)
Showcase Performance with a Featured Reading by Shirley Williams from her new book

Week Four (Time determined by you and your mentor)
Mentor/Mentee Meet-ups Debrief

Participants will be paid an honorarium of $100.00 to help cover the cost of expenses. Please note at this time we are unable to provide assistance for travel or living accommodations.

We will be accepting applications until we have all 8 of our participants, but will begin reaching out to possible participants after October 29th to invite them to participate in the program.

If for any reason you are unable to complete this form or have additional questions, please contact Jon Hedderwick at peterboroughpoetryslam@gmail.com


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Are you between the ages of 17 and 29?
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