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Phone:        (954) 536-0076
Fax:             (888)305-3839
Email:         mariewhitman@hotmail.com
Web:           www.raindanceproject.org

Services Available:  Series or Residency

 

Description of Services

 Speak 4th - Spoken Word Poetry & Creative Writing Workshops

The Speak4th motto is:  “Speak your mind. Tell your heart. Change the world a little bit.” Participants are encouraged to access their hearts and minds to create poetry and powerful spoken word pieces.   

The goals of the Speak 4th Workshops are to:

  • Encourage exploration and experimentation through writing
  • Develop creative writing skills as well as organization and articulation of thought
  • Honor truthful and confident expression
  • Promote interpersonal skills and build relationships
  • Expand vocabulary and build oral communication/public speaking skills
  • Provide a direct experience with the power of language
  • Hone active listening skills
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of the poetic form and its place in the cultural landscape and encourages participants to create works of art with their words.

The methods used to achieve these goals include:

  • Enforcement of Speak4th’s main rule:  "write the truth."
  • Journaling, writing improvisations, structured writing exercises and prompts
  • Duet and group poems are constructed which encourage collaboration, cooperation and delegation.
  • Poetic devices like metaphor, alliteration and rhyme, are introduced and our budding writers build their "toolbox"
  • Vocabulary is expanded and refined as new words are introduced and discussed for their emotional content, sound, association and power of meaning.
  • Active listening skills are honed as students note details and discuss what they heard and read of each other’s work. Participants also express constructive feedback in both verbal and written form.
  • Reading and discussion of published "classic" poems as well as contemporary poems, song lyrics and poems

Progress is assessed by monitoring each student’s:

  • Increased comfort with free-writing and creative construction of thoughts
  • Experimentation and "risk-taking" in writing
  • Increased understanding and usage poetic devices and expanded vocabulary
  • Increased willingness to share work with the group and articulate feedback
  • Increased participation and productivity in collaborations
  • Confidence and strength of speech, eye contact and body language
  • A creation of a "body of work" throughout the series

Feedback sheets are given to each participant, at the beginning of the first session which provides the facilitator with information about students’ previous experience with poetry and any pre-conceived opinions, resistances or affinities for it. This same sheet is given to the participants at the end of the session.

It should be noted that the most profound and inspiring "indicator of progress" and "assessment method" is each participant's created "Body of Work."

THIS is the guts and heart of the Speak 4th Series. We are hoping to inspire participants to paint with their words and explore the creative spirit within. That being said, progress and assessment is closely connected with an evolved willingness for each participant to share the words that are in their heart.

Speak4th with Book Option

This series can culminates in a professionally designed book collection of work. Our writers become authors! Each participant is given copies of this beautifully bound book which looks like any other seen at Barnes & Noble! It is an inspiring acknowledgment of accomplishment at the end of this powerful and potent series.

Speak 4th with Performance Option

The series can also culminate in a performance at your school or organization where RainDanceProject performs a live theater show involving music, dance and spoken word which is based on the writings of the students. Students get to see how their very own words take life and form through professional performers, dancers, musicians and other artists from within the community. 

 

Grade Level:

6-12th

Number of Participants:

Min. 6 - Max. 24

Duration:

Residency may include 4, 6 or 8 sessions. Each session may be one hour, 90 minutes or two hours depending on needs

Audience/Environment:

Juvenile justice, at risk, seniors, shelter based, community-based, school-based, public housing, afterschool, summer.

Standards:

LA.A.1.3, LA.B.1.3, LA.B.2.3, LA.C.1.3, LA.C.3.3, LA.D.1.3, LA.D.2.3, LA.E.2.3, LA.A.1.4, LA.B.1.4, LA.B.2.4, LA.C.1.4, LA.C.3.4, LA.D.1.4, LAD.2.4, LA.E.2.4

Fees:

$175 per hour for Workshops; Optional book or performance adds between $650 - $800. CSC: The rate can be discounted for multiple hour sessions. Rate includes material and supplies for first 20 participants. We can create a program to fit most budgets.

Disciplines:

Creative Writing

Contact: Phone:        (954) 536-0076
Fax:  
          (888)305-3839
Email:
        mariewhitman@hotmail.com
Web:
          www.raindanceproject.org

 

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