Spoken Word: Writing & Performing Poetry

4-Week Sat Afternoon Sessions with public showcase

Upcoming Class Schedule

1 July, 2017 — 22 July, 2017

Saturday, 1.00pm — 5.00pm

Programme Details

Every Saturday Afternoon, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

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

Writing is rebellion. Performing it, is freedom.

The workshop will be a hands-on immersion into the simultaneously meditational and visceral art form of spoken word. You will meander through genres such as hip-hop, prose monologue, comedy, and traditional poetry reading, and explore spoken word’s historical significance and it’s presence in popular culture. Langston Hughes, Anis Mojgani, Gil-Scott Heron, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé (yup) will be featured in the workshop.

These names, and their craft, will be but cinders to creating your own fire. We will battle demons, suture wounds, walk in others’ shoes and get drunk on laughter. We will identify themes you want to delve into, craft pieces, and perform them in a real world reading.

Public Showcase
Students will prepare to have public showcases on
– Sat 22 July 7.30pm at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity
– Sat 29 July 6.00pm – 7.30pm at Poetry Festival Singapore.

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

Payment Plans
Payment Plans are available. Email us at admin@hcac.sg.


  • History and culture of Spoken Word Poetry
  • Techniques in writing Spoken Word
  • Writing prompts
  • Identifying themes and narratives
  • Presenting truth with evocative imagery
  • Performances

About the Instructor

Shivram Gopinath

Shivram Gopinath is an award-winning writer and spoken word performer. His work has been featured at the Singapore Heritage Fest, Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore Literature Prize Awards, Spore Art Salon, SPEAK, Speakeasy, Lit Up Festival and more. He has performed alongside internationally acclaimed spoken word artists like Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Kosal Khiev and Luka Lesson.

Areas of Focus

  • Learn strategies employed by contemporary spoken word performers
  • Critically analyse their thoughts, and explore its text and subtext
  • Discover writing techniques and tools such as metaphor, concrete language, rhythm and verse
  • Understand power of presence, brevity, subtlety, repetition, breathing, pauses in a performance
  • Write and perform their pieces utilizing self-reflexivity, art of revision and powerful delivery

Learning Outcomes

  • Present intimate emotions aloud
  • Appreciate Spoken Word as a bridge between the personal and universal
  • Greater empathy to relate to those around you both personally and professionally
  • Stage confidence

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