Creative writing and specifically, poetry houses things like expression, story telling, analysis, discovery, communicating ideas, thoughts, beliefs and other forms of information and subject matter. It often requires reflection, critical thinking, and description. It is the intentional use of written and spoken word to communicate effectively – and on that premise, we hope to establish a series of workshops/classes which will encourage these same principles, as practical skills which can be applied in academics and art as an extra mural activity, hobby or interest, and also as a set of life skills which can be carried well into the future.
The various assignments given to learners during the course will also be presented in a manner which will require and motivate them to share about their challenges, situations, fears, hopes, and dreams – which will then allow the facilitators and project coordinators to follow up on any possible areas of concern as well as avenues where learners can be assisted and further developed.
Poetry does not take a specific form or require the writer to adhere to a set of rules – though the principles one follows or does not follow can influence the outcome of a body of work. The workshop seeks to provide a safe environment in which the learners are able to exercise freedom and self control, simultaneously and learn about all of the above, in relational to art, and life. As the learners thrive in expressing themselves, at whatever skill level they are at, we too see this as an opportunity for them to develop confidence and an understanding of alternative ways to communicate their feelings and opinions without resorting to violence, bad behavior or withdrawal.