#WNSFest8: FREE writing & performance workshops


In partnership with Canadian Poet Tanya Evanson and the University of Johannesburg’s Izimbongi Festival, The Word N Sound Academy will be hosting a boot camp for emerging writers and performers on the 4th and 5th of October 2018.

Both workshops are free of charge and will be held at the Con Cohen Theatre, UJ Bunting Road Campus from 10am until 4pm. All participants need to bring an ID or student card for security clearance. Entrance is free but you MUST REGISTER here.

The Workshops will be conducted by Tanya Evanson and will include the following:

TURNING POINT (poetry and spoken word workshop)
Thus 4 Oct 09:00 – 12:00
Examine a personal transition point and transform it into poetry and spoken word.
Meditation, investigation, magical editing and unique physical exercises turn quiet literature into loud orature that is unleashed in a non-competitive cabaret. Requirements: passion, patience, paper, pen, mind, body and voice.

SONIC SALON (spoken word workshop)
Thus 4 Oct 13:00 – 16:00
Come to this workshop to explore the performative aspects of spoken word. From physicality, vocalization and theatricality to microphone tech, stage bravery and modern miracles. Bring 1-2 pieces to share in an intimate setting. Dress to use the body as an instrument of stardom in space.

PRIMA MATERIA (short fiction workshop)
Fri 5 Oct 09:00 – 12:00
Everyone has a story they cannot write. Everyone has a story they cannot tell. This workshop introduces innovative ways to gather the primary materials needed to write a short piece of fiction or creative non-fiction. Experimentalists welcome.

WRITING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (Sufi poetry and spoken word workshop)
Fri 5 Oct 13:00 – 16:00
Drink the wine of a different tavern. Explore poetics and orality inspired by 13th century Persian mystic poet Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi. Ancient Sufi texts will be the catalysts for new creations in print and spoken word performance. Participants should be prepared to use all faculties and all subtle faculties.

About Tanya Evanson

Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, an arts residency for spoken word artists in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Canada.

A graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing and English Literature, she has been performing spoken word internationally for 20 years. In 2013, she received The Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the spoken word genre and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Notable performances include Vancouver Writers Festival, Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, Bowery Poetry (New York), Story-Fest (Australia), Ubud Writers Festival (Indonesia), Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival.

With four studio albums of spoken word and music under her belt, her latest project ZENSHIP (2016 Mother Tongue Media), has received critical acclaim for pushing the boundaries between oral poetry and music. Following six artist books, Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions)—an experimental Sufi text—is her first published poetry collection and Nouveau Griot (2018)—collected texts from her four albums—is fresh from Frontenac House. Other recent print publications include Arc Poetry Magazine, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room-40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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