Finally, poetic cures for what ails you.
For thousands of years people have known about the beneficial effects of reading and writing. That's why we created our new project, Prescription Poetry.
We've gathered a range of ailments from people - from worries about a family member to fear of spiders or nerves about a big footy game - and in fast-paced two-hour workshops students take on the role of “poetry doctors”, prescribing positive and practical advice in verse.
Their poems, in pill bottles, will be distributed from a pop-up Poetry Dispensary at the Story Factory Parramatta in the middle of next year.
Teachers, do you have a class of students in stages 3-5 who'd like to do this FREE workshop? Email us today! email@example.com.
We're running the workshops in Term 4 this year, and Terms 1 and 2 next year. Remember: we only work with schools serving high populations of marginalised young people (FOEI above 100, or ICSEA below 1,000).
Over the course of the project students will:
think creatively and critically
write poetry in ways that are purposeful, challenging and descriptive
learn about the concept of bibliotherapy and experiment with the form of prose poetry
draft, edit and create multimodal texts that play with publication conventions