Poetry and Spoken Word Virtual Summer Camp


Are you inspired by poets like Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Pablo Neruda, Eve Ewing, Federico García Lorca, or other celebrated poets from your corner of the world? Have you ever wondered how you, too, might use your words to create inspiration or spark change? Have you watched spoken word performances on YouTube and wondered how to begin? 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.

Together, we 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 our message, from enjambment to alliteration; and, most importantly, consider how poetry can help us share our voices and visions with the world. At the end of camp, participants will walk away with an original body of work as well as a deepened understanding of poetry honed through thoughtful peer review and instructor feedback.

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Curriculum Summary:

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.


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

June 27-July 1, 2022, 11:00 am-12:30 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 June 27, 2022 start date. Stay tuned!

Workshop Facilitator:

Brittany Collins facilitator Poetry and Spoken Word Virtual Summer Camp photo

Brittany Collins designs and facilitates educational programming at Write the World while working directly with students, teachers, and partner organizations to support their use of the platform. She studied English and education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and creative nonfiction at the Yale Writers’ Workshop; is the author of Learning from Loss: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students (Heinemann 2021); has published over 30 articles in the genres of creative nonfiction and education journalism in The Washington Post, Education Week, Brevity blog, Inside Higher Ed, Edutopia, We Need Diverse Books, English Journal of NCTE, among other outlets; and has taught writing to students of all ages through Harvard University, Smith College, Boston University, Race Project Kansas City, and Write the World. Reach out to her at brittany@writetheworld.com — she would love to hear from you!

Guest Speaker

Photo of Cai Rodrigues-Sherley, online environmenal poetry writing workshop for teens facilitator

Cai Rodrigues-Sherley (he/they) is a poet-archivist and teaching artist with roots in Boston, Massachusetts, where he first discovered the power of the written word. He is the recipient of the 2019 Emily Babcock Poetry Prize, a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Watering Hole Winter Fellow. Their work is published or forthcoming in the Brooklyn Review, Crazyhorse, The Belmont Review, and Volume Poetry, as well as My Loves: A Digital Anthology of Queer Love Poems from Ghost City Press. As a teaching artist, they have had the honor of connecting with young people at The Campus School at Smith College, Children of Promise, Pockets Change, and buildOn Bridgeport. Their greatest achievement was watching 3 rd graders from The Campus School perform a public reading of their poetry at The Poetry Center at Smith College. Their poems were written over the course of three workshops and published in the collection River Poems. Cai is overjoyed to be working with Write the World and exploring the rich world of poetry written for children with young writers. They currently live in Harlem and are an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University, where they also teach Intro to Creative Writing!

About Write the World's Virtual Summer Writing Camps:

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, 2022.

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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