The Power of Poetry (4 Nov, 1pm)

One Day Poetry Writing Workshop (1pm session)

Upcoming Class Schedule

4 November, 2017

Saturday, 1:00pm — 2:30pm

Programme Details

Saturday, 4 Nov 2017, by Eric Valles
1pm – 2.30pm

Who is this workshop for?
Everyone. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in the art of poetry writing/performance.
This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds.
Minimum age for admission is 13 and above.


About this workshop

How have poets engaged with their personal history, and rendered particular experiences through verse? How do trauma, testimony and longing find a voice through lyric and narrative? In this workshop, participants discover how poetry may offer a powerful means of healing, in excavating buried emotions and expressing them in crafted language. Indeed, the truth of experience may articulate itself through captivating image and sound. How does one also gain empathy through such art creation? The new poetic form, the anima methodi, will be introduced, with the search for contributions for an upcoming anthology. In looking to the lessons of the past, this workshop investigates how contemporary poets might at once celebrate the personal and voice the concerns of the present.

Do I get a discount?
Please refer to our early bird promotions.


  • Poetry of witness and trauma
  • The anima methodi
  • Writing prompts
  • Identifying themes
  • Presenting truth with evocative imagery
  • Reading and performance

About the Instructor

Eric Valles

Eric Tinsay VALLES draws inspiration from all the places that he has called home. He has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize) as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings and Sg Poems 2015-2016. His poetry has been featured in Southeast Asian Review of English, Routledge’s New Writing and other journals. He has won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize. He has been invited to read poetry or commentaries at Baylor, Melbourne and Oxford Universities as well as the Kistrech Poetry Festival. He is a director of the National Poetry Festival.

Areas of Focus

  • Explore powerful emotions and their expression as a means of managing them
  • Use writing exercises to retell memories
  • Discuss craft techniques in writing poetry
  • Discover poetry as a means of healing and artistic practice

Learning Outcomes

  • Discovering the relevance of witness and trauma in poetry
  • Discovering how emotions may be crafted into lyric and narrative
  • Discovering a new poetic form
  • Discovering empathy through poetry writing
  • Discovering self-awareness and confidence through performance

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The Power of Poetry (4 Nov, 1pm) / One Day Poetry Writing Workshop (1pm session)

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