Spoken Word & Poetry Classes - course content

This course uses writing prompts designed to encourage, inspire and stimulate critical thinking. Come prepared with existing ideas or ready to write and explore new ones.

  • Discover the work of prominent spoken word artists, using influences to inform your own personal writing and performance style
  • Work in a safe and nurturing environment, led by an industry professional to foster a supportive space to explore ideas
  • Explore poetic imagery to build a sensory experience alongside your writing
  • Use the body as a communicative tool, building confidence in facial expressions and gestures
  • Learn how to find inspiration and write from prompts both independently and as part of a small group
  • Refine vocal techniques such as volume, pace, confident pauses, impact and intonation
  • training
    Training Writing exersises. Vocal and physical performance techniques.
  • level
    Level Beginners. No previous writing or performance experience required. Also suitable for actors and writers wanting to gain confidence in their own work.
  • training
    Style Slam, Hip Hop, Jazz, Comedy, Prose.

Meet the tutor

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a writer and facilitator from the US who currently lives in London. She holds an MFA with Distinction in Creative Writing, and is a winner of Poetry London’s inaugural Mentoring Scheme.

Her work has appeared in visual poetry exhibitions and publications such as Callaloo Journal and Magma. As well as being a former Writer in Residence with The Poetry School and London Parks & Gardens Trust, Zakia is the author of published poetry collection ‘Event Horizon’.

With emphasis on student participation and learning, she has taught seminars at the University of Kingston on writing for advertising, fiction, poetry, script and journalism. She is experienced in leading writing workshops, classes and museum activities - inspiring her students to find the writer within.



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Spoken Word venues

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Spoken Word tutors

All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.

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