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Wild Words and Free Verse

Wild Words and Free Verse
In this workshop / residency, students will be introduced to creative approaches and techniques for brainstorming, writing and editing poems. Using word lists, idioms, acronyms and riddles, students will learn about wordplay, figurative language, juxtaposition and word-mixing as a way of creative new and original ideas. Next, students learn to compose these ideas on the page with various stanza sizes, line breaks and patterns. Learning about word choices, strong imagery and poetic techniques such as rhyme, alliteration and metaphor, students can use these devices to strengthen the expression in the poem. After composing original free verse and form poems, students will learn how to edit and revise their work and obtain information about entering contests and sending poems out for publication.

Artist Background

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author, historian and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He has taught in the classroom since 1999 and performed poetry professionally since 1998. His focus in teaching is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves and become more confident with writing so they can continue to be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. Michael’s background includes five years as a high school English teacher and 15 as a journalist. He has authored three poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on Haywood County (NC) history. In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He also manages student contests for the NC Poetry Society.

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