MAKE ME A POET is the digital version of Roger Jenkins course that encourages participants to explore a variety of poetry styles with a focus on encouraging honesty and specific detail without thinking about rhyme(though it that occurs in the process, that's fine!)
Roger won the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize for his debut collection of poems, From the Belly off the Carp, an anthology of monologues spoken by historical characters (some factual, mostly fictional) connected to the Singapore River, charting Singapore's history in a series of Chaucerian-like portraits.
Make Me a Poet is endorsed by the NAC's Arts Education Programme and as such its use is eligible for Totalisator Board subsidy)
The 15 videos in the workshop complement the live xoom sessions as well as practical writing which is encouraged throughout.
- Getting started - Roger talks about what makes poetry 'poetry'
- Exploring simile - participants are tasked to compare themselves to . . .
- Metaphor - anther way of comparing
- Tongue Twisters (this complements the participants playing with alliteration)
- Dialogue poems
- Exploring Character and points of view in writing a poem
- The poet as Storyteller
- Exploring Vocal Energy speaking/reciting poetry
- Playing with rhythm
- The 3 Bears Rap - an original poem by Roger
- Poetry for Fun - two popular poems for chorusing!
- Roger's Reminders for Reciters ( tips for performing, parodying Ogden Nash)
- Down behind the dustbin - a prompt for a comical class poem
- Colouring Words - a technique for more lively delivery!
- Wildlife: a poem prompt to get you thinking! What is it you are passionate about? What isn't right or fair?