workshops

we are pleased to offer workshops as we can!  if you are interested in facilitating a workshop, please contact our executive director, shayli robinson, at vppdirector@gmail.com.
*unless otherwise noted, workshops take place at citystudio (711 douglas st).

the art of the cut-up with elise pallagi
may 9th, 2019 | 6-8pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
elise pallagi will be presenting an objective workshop on cut-ups devised from chris cran of one yellow rabbit theatre company’s summer lab. the objective of this workshop is to show participants that they shouldn’t be afraid to take their writing and play with it, mess it up, destroy it if necessary. great works of art are never finished; nothing should be considered sacred and sometimes intervention is necessary to stimulate your creative process.
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vic voices writing workshop with alessandra naccarato
april 10th, 2019 | 5-6:30pm | $0-10 sliding scale – paid admission isn’t required, but registration is!
the 10th annual victorious voices festival is the island’s biggest youth spoken word poetry event of the year! featuring the high school slam championships, workshops and feature performances by award-winning poets, it is three days of mind blowing spoken word art. join award-winning writer alessandra naccarato for a writing workshop.
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vic voices writing workshop with ian keteku
april 9th, 2019| 5-6:30pm | $0-10 sliding scale – paid admission isn’t required, but registration is!
acclaimed poet ian keteku facilitates a workshop on the importance of storytelling and understanding the techniques used to express oneself. participants are led through a process of finding the inner voice and transforming it into poetry. the workshop contains humour, spoken word poetry and public speaking. no previous experience required – all you need is a willingness to try!
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dana neily’s something from nothing workshop
february 24th, 2019 | 1-3pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
writers of all experience levels are welcome to come to this workshop with nothing but a pen and some paper, and leave with a new piece (or at least a workable draft!). participants at the beginning of this workshop will write two separate free-writes, and then choose one of them to work on for the rest of the time. we will do exercises for brain-storming, editing, and getting unstuck at different phases of the writing process. all participation is voluntary and you can engage at whatever level you prefer.
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writing workshop with the 2018 vic slam team (olivia kompier, dana m. neily, marie metaphor, and hilary somerville)
august 28th, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
exercise your creative side, break through that writer’s block, or find the voice you never knew you had at this workshop, led by the four members of this year’s vic slam team. flesh out your style, begin something new, or get something off your chest. bond with fellow writers and get support from seasoned poets. everyone is welcome, regardless of prior experience with a pen or a mic; we’re here to write and feel good doing it! ticket prices will go entirely to covering the costs of the team’s trip to guelph, ontario, where they will represent victoria on the national stage at the canadian festival of spoken word in october!
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performance workshop with aaron simm
august 27th, 2018 | 7-9pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
feeling confident with your work but not sure how to perform it? join us as aaron simm walks you through his methods of polishing your work and getting performance-ready! this workshop is intended for poets who already have a small repertoire of work and are seeking help with transitioning from practicing in their bedrooms in front of a mirror to performing onstage in front of a live audience.
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branding workshop with [PROMOMACHINE]
june 23rd, 2018 | 1-4pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
WHY PROMOMACHINE? PROMOMACHINE IS LOVE AND DESPAIR. PROMOMACHINE WILL IMPROVE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND. START YOUR OWN TALK OPERA SUPERGROUP. PROMOMACHINE HUNGERS TO UPLIFT YOU TO INVEST IN PROMOMACHINE AND BE YOUR best brand. This workshop will have several focuses and will start off with some collaborative writing and performance exercises, so prepare to walk away with new partners for your brand. A formal powerpoint presentation may or may not happen.
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story seeds with elysia glover
may 26th, 2018 | 1-4pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
member of the 2014 vic slam team and co-producer of the victoria poetry project, in this workshop elysia will approach spoken word as storytelling, doing exercises to find the seeds for poems and talking about the journey those seeds may take through the seasons to develop into little plants, with the hope that you will leave with a catalogue of seeds.
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performing spoken word with emilee nimetz
april 21st, 2018 | 1-4pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
a spoken word artist who has performed across the country, dancer slash choreographer, actor, shower-and-stage singer (but never both at once), emilee will be coaching you through spoken word performance to find your rhythm and style, with a bit of  time set aside to coach you through writing.
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finding your voice with pamela stewart
march 24th, 2018 | 1-3pm | $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
victoria’s 2018 canadian individual poetry slam representative, producer of victoria’s slam by the sea, poet in residence with the riot grrrl burlesque revue, and 4x vic slam team member, pam’s workshop will focus on finding one’s voice through writing and stillness.
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spoken word with annie lepage
february 24th, 2018 | 1-4pm| $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
coming from writer, artist, 2014 vic slam team member, and youth poetry workshop facilitator annie lepage, this workshop will have an even focus on writing and performance.
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spoken word with jeremy loveday
january 21st, 2018 | 1:30-4pm| $10-20 admission with subsidized tickets available
facilitated by 2x vic slam grand champion jeremy loveday, this workshop will focus primarily on writing, with time set aside for performance coaching and practice.
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