ALEA National Conference 2019 Melbourne

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    Poetry writing has often been viewed as distant, irrelevant or elitist; and while it is part of literacy programs in primary and secondary schools it is often not taken seriously or done superficially. However, poetry writing is a powerful means of having voice, confronting contemporary issues and being creative. It can be written and shared in many forms, including dramatic readings, various types of performance (raps, songs, monologues and slams) and multimodal presentations. This workshop has evolved from a group-based pedagogical approach that has been used in upper primary and secondary, as well as with adults in a class in the University of the Third Age (U3A). The workshop is hands on, and the poetry writing, sharing and performance of the poetry emerges out of the discussions and interactions of the group involved in the workshop. The workshop is built in three parts: first, interactive and provocative discussion about a contemporary theme or issue; second, silent writing time in which poetry is formed and composed; and third the sharing of poetry in a supportive way with affirmative feedback. The workshop convenor is a literacy educator and practicing poet who believes in the significance of poetry for developing literacy skills, creativity and personal voice.
    Period10 Jul 2019
    Event typeConference
    LocationMelbourne, Australia, VictoriaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionNational


    • poetry
    • literacy
    • pedagogy
    • creativity
    • English education