Performance poetry

Course Dates: 06/02/23 - 13/02/23
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Online
Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HW143

Available start dates 

Mon, eve, 06 Feb - 13 Feb '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about exploring and discovering performance poetry, also known as spoken word poetry.

Students say: "The tutor is enthusiastic, personable and good at what they do"; "enjoyable and challenging"; "inspiring and entertaining"; "great fun - I learned lots and would do this again.".

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The spoken word and how it differs from the written word
- How the spoken word works
- Conventions of the spoken word
- How to use the rules and conventions and how to break them
- Finding your own style/delivery.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Write a spoken word piece
- Perform your pieces in front of an audience
- Be critical and accept feedback.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for those new to performance poetry/spoken word, with or without previous poetry experience.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Activities, visual and audio aids, writing, discussion.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of poetry courses at a range of levels. Browse the writing section of the website to find the perfect course for you.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Arji Manuelpillai

Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, rapper, performer and education artist based in London. Over the last 15 years he has performed and taught both nationally and internationally with audiences and students from all cultures and walks of life. He is passionate about community arts and connecting people through art, he believes that self-expression can help nurture relationships, improve mental health and increase self-esteem and confidence.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.