Experience the electrifying and liberating art of spoken word (sometimes called slam or performance poetry): where powerful personal healing meets excellent literary craft. Born in 1986 in a Speak Easy in Chicago and currently sweeping the world’s theater and art scenes, spoken word is a high energy, no-holds-barred performance art that addresses edgy, vulnerable topics. The range of writing styles can span from hip-hop to prose, punk rock to comedy to monologue and beyond, and no previous experience is necessary. Work with award-winning spoken word artist Caroline Harvey and practice communicating with intention and fearlessness. Read and analyze contemporary poems, engage in writing prompts designed to unlock your unique voice, and dive into gentle experiential practices to free your gestural body, tend to fears, and unlock your inner howl. Lessons are adapted from Cherokee medicine, yoga and meditation, and traditional poetic craft. We’ll debunk the myth of “writer’s block,” practice editing strategies and stage techniques, and delve into the joyful ceremony of performance. Write and speak freely about your desires, identity, politics, struggles, and joys. Share your truth with confidence and compassion no matter where you are. And we’ll have an end-of-course celebratory showcase of original spoken word poems.