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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 and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He's taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15-year career as a journalist, he's published five poetry books, a poetry CD, and three books photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. For the past several years, he's been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as a statewide coordinator of the student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.

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