Wild Words and Free Verse

Wild Words and Free Verse

In this residency, students will learn creative approaches and techniques for brainstorming, writing and editing poems. Starting with word games, students will explore word-mixing as a way to create new and original ideas. Next, students will learn how to compose their own poems by studying the techniques in sample poems from anthologies, contemporary poets, and my own original work. Each day of the residency, students will learn new techniques for how to compose their own poems using stanzas, line breaks, careful word choices, imagery, rhyme, alliteration and other devices. After composing original free verse and rhyming poems, students will learn how to edit and revise their work and get information about how to share their poetry in a public way—presenting it to classmates, submitting to contests, and showcasing poems in their school.

Artist Background

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He’s taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15-year career as a journalist, he’s published five poetry books, a poetry CD, and three books photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He’s been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as a statewide coordinator of the student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.

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