Monday, June 28, 2010

1st Poet Laureate Writers Workshop - Sun. July 18, 2 pm

The 2010 Soul of the City Writers Workshop Series
Hosted and facilitated by Urban Grace's 2010 Poet Laureate, Tammy Robacker

at Urban Grace Church
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3605
(253) 272-2184

Sunday, July 18, at 2-4:30 p.m.
Poetry Performance Workshop: Reading Your Work Aloud in Public

$10 Donation - Bring check or cash to the class on the day you attend.
(a $10 donation is suggested to help pay the instructors/guests, however if you can't pay and really want to attend, you can donate whatever amount is more doable or just come for FREE!)

Class spaces are limited. RSVPing is required. Simply email your RSVP with your name, and the title of this workshop in your email to:

Join guest teacher, writer, playwright & actress Kisha X. Palmer as she leads discussions with poet laureate and former public speaking instructor, Tammy Robacker on how to read poetry aloud, combat nervousness, impromptu reading and confidence building. Special appearance and performance by two local Spoken Word artists: Josh Rizeberg and Quincy 'Q Dot' Henry. Both poets will visit to perform, share pointers and inspiration on memorization and stage presence. Attendees are encouraged to bring 2-3 of their own poems for classroom activities and stand up exercises. Don't be shy! Join in the fun!CLASS LECTURE TO INCLUDE THESE TOPICS:-Stage as Sacred Space
A discussion on the privilege of being on stage and the dynamics inherently at play before you even open your mouth as the performer
Attitude of gratitude
Letting the audience take you in
Exercise: Entrance and Exit-Walking the Plank - an exploration of the way we carry our bodies

-Timing is everything
A discussion of the value and importance of reading out loud at home, an exploration of the pause-and what kind of eye contact do you use?
Exercise: Styles (we will practice diferent styles of speech --operatic, twang, loud, super fast) with text and then find a neutral.

-Your audience wants to love you
A discussion of the attitude and assumptions that might keep us from being our brightest best self at our readings!

.....And so much more!

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