Past Meetup

literature & writing: what's your story? storytelling through performance poetry

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what we are doing

An introduction to storytelling through the art of performance poetry - also known as spoken word or slam poetry. The class will feature a writing exercise and then some discussion around performance techniques. Performance poetry has gained popularity around the world in recent years as a medium for sharing stories and experiences, building community and spreading positive messages of social or environmental change. Immediately following the class, there will be the option to get some dinner with the group and then head along to the 2013 New Zealand National Poetry Slam competition at Fringe Bar to witness the countrys best performance poets in action (costs not included in workshop fee)

For inspiration and feedback from a previous chalkle class "introduction to slam poetry (" check out this great video ( made by the crew at Inspiring Stories (

what you will learn

Learn how to identify the elements of your story and craft them into an engaging poem. Practical applications learned will include narrative creation, confidence building and speaking tips that will help you to become an inspiring and engaging performer/speaker.

type of class intro

skill required beginner

your chalkler will be

Ali Jacs has been writing and performing as a spoken word artist for four years, having performed in Canada, Australia, the UK, USA and all over New Zealand. She has had considerable success in performance poetry competitions both at home and abroad, winning the New Zealand National Poetry Slam in 2012, and traveling to Minneapolis to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2013.

what to bring Please bring a note book/paper, a pen and your enthusiasm!

appropriate audience

Open to anyone over the age of 15, all levels of writing or performing abilities.


16.00 (incl. GST, if any)

how to book and pay

We expect pre-payment for all classes.

RSVP and pay using this paypal link ( or

deposit 16.00 into chalkle's Kiwibank account:

# 38-9012-0815531-00

Reference: 145396282 - Your name


we require a minimum of 2 people for this class to go ahead.

about chalkle°

Chalkle° enables learning for communities in real life. Small affordable classes mean high value for participants, extracting the knowledge and skills otherwise hidden within the community. chalkle° redefines what it means to be a teacher or a learner, helping everyone undertake training in practical, artistic or academic skills while fostering lifelong learning.


Chalkle° expects pre-payment for all classes. If you have not paid you will be placed on the waiting list to allow other chalklers to attend. You will be moved to attending once chalkle° has received confirmation of your payment.

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months.

If you cancel your RSVP:

- less than 3 days before = no refund

- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded


Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, chalkle°, teachers and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after a class.


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