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McKinney Center


Creative Circle Writers Group


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Feb 23, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Ages 15- Adult

This writers group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the McKinney Center. The group this year will focus on developing and generating stories for possible use in the monthly radio show “StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast” which performs at the McKinney Center and airs on WETS 89.5 FM. The group will also develop stories and pieces for other special story-based programs that are part of the StoryTown Initiative. In addition, members are encouraged to bring creative works to develop for their own purposes. Techniques in writing for radio and the stage are regularly discussed. 

10:00 am - 11:30 am, Thursdays, February 23, March 9, 23, April 13, May 11, 25. (No class on April 27). Class will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Performance Poetry


with Jasmine Henderson

Calendar Mar 4, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Ages 15 - Adult

This class is for writers and performers interested in exploring the dramatic and rhythmic world of performance poetry.  Also known as spoken word, this form of poetry concentrates on techniques that bring a poem to life.  Students will have the opportunity to create original spoken word material and practice performance exercises in a welcoming environment.

Over the course of six weeks, students will discuss traditional elements of poetry and study notable spoken word performances.  Students will learn how to identify and creatively write about the emotional themes in their lives.  Eventually, performers will incorporate vocal techniques (volume, pace, strategic pauses, etc.), facial expressions, body movements, and memorization as added performance tools.  The course will end with a in-class poetry slam where students will share their original pieces.

10:30 am - Noon, Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25.

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