Intro to Poetry and Spoken Word Virtual Summer Camp 2023


Write the World’s Poetry and Spoken Word camp is designed for writers of all levels to try their hand at poetry in the space of a supportive community. Students will read, watch, and listen to powerful poems; explore a variety of forms, from found poetry to free verse and ekphrastic; learn together about techniques that can enhance their message, from enjambment to alliteration; and, most importantly, consider how poetry can help us share our voices and visions with the world. 

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Curriculum Summary:

In this poetry summer program, participants of all skill levels will walk away with 9+ draft poems across genres (e.g. social justice, environmental, spoken word, ekphrastic, found/erasure, and more), as well as one finalized poem in the genre of participants’ choosing. Writers will receive and provide peer review from/for fellow campers and will benefit from individualized feedback from their instructors.

Intro to Poetry and Spoken Word Virtual Writing Summer Camp for Teens (ages 13-19)

Schedule: July 10th – July 14th 2023, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm ET

During workshop sessions, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your poetry skills.

Between workshop sessions, you may be asked to work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert reviews, at your own pace, for approximately 1-2 hours, depending on your facilitator’s workshop plan. You will also receive individualized feedback that will strengthen your poetry.

*Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).

A Zoom link to join us for our live, virtual online poetry writing camp will be provided via email prior to the start date. Stay tuned!

Guest Speaker:
Sarah Levine

Sarah Levine

Sarah Levine currently teaches 7th Grade ELA and AP Literature in Western Massachusetts. Her latest chapbook, Take Me Home, was selected by Leah Maines as a finalist for the 2019 Finishing Line Press New Women's Voices Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in Passages North, Best New Poets, and Green Mountains Review, among other publications. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MAT from Smith College. Levine has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won Westchester Review's Writers Under 30 Contest, and is the author of chapbook, Her Man (New Megaphone Press, 2014).

Workshop Facilitator:

Anna Gibbs

Anna Gibbs

A former writer on Write the World, Anna now oversees the organization’s monthly writing competitions, coordinating a global team to provide high-quality feedback and shortlist submissions. Anna holds a Bachelors’ degree in English from Harvard University and is pursuing a graduate degree in science journalism at New York University. She has been published in The Boston Globe Magazine, Science News, NPR’s Science Friday, PRI’s Living on Earth, and The Harvard Gazette, among other outlets.

About Write the World's Online Poetry Summer Programs

Jump into new genres of writing and connect with campers across the globe in Write the World’s Virtual Writing Camps.

Spend your summer immersed in a virtual community of teen writers from over 100 countries as you experiment with the written word, try your hand at new styles of writing, and work with notable professionals to create pieces you’re proud of… all without leaving your home!

Whether you choose to spend your free time filling journals with poetry and prose or are new to putting your thoughts on paper, we welcome you to join our week-long writing camps across genres in June, July, and August, 2023.

Have additional questions? Check out our parent and guardian FAQ’s here (scroll to bottom) or reach out to us at workshops@writetheworld.com to connect!

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