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Welcome to the Programme

Before you start, you will need:

1. Notebook and pen or an open word document

2. A space to speak out loud

3. The companion workbook PDF. Click the icon to download.

Make sure you have watched 'Spark' the stage show before taking the Programme. You can find it on the Home page.

Chapter One - Introduction

Welcome to the programme! First off, forget everything you think you know about poetry, because poetry can be scary. BUT, poetry can be anything. It can be a letter, a recipe, a list. You might have never written a poem but you've written lists, right? Let's start there. (29m)

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Chapter Two - Your Stories

Let me guess, you can't write about yourself because you don't have anything interesting to say? Wrong! All your personality traits, your beliefs and your experiences all contribute to your voice, which in itself is interesting. This chapter digs into those things to help you start writing. (27m)

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Chapter Three - Odes

An ode is a declaration of love. They are so fun to write, but they can also require a lot of bravery. Saying out loud that you care about something or someone is hard. So, in this chapter, we are going to practice that bravery by writing love letters to the things that are important to us. (31m)

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Chapter Four - Doubt 

& Confidence

Writing about yourself takes a lot, and it is totally natural to feel like you've run out of steam sometimes. Doubt can have such a negative impact on our writing that this chapter teaches you how to find that little spark of confidence, even when you're feeling rubbish. (25m)

Content Warnings: mental health, anxiety, stress

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Chapter Five - Place

Places can evoke such strong visual memories for us, so using those memories and that sensory detail are great tools for our writing. This chapter teaches you how to bring a sense of place into your writing to make it richer. (32m)

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Chapter Six - Pressure

& Persecution

Writing about the present can be difficult because it's hard to write complete stories when we are in the process of living those stories. This chapter talks about pressure and how being aware of the pressures currently in your life can help you contextualise the world around you. (47m)

Content Warnings: pressure, periods, abortion, miscarriage, anxiety

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Chapter Seven - Rage

Writing spoken word can bring up some really difficult emotions, such as rage. These emotions can be used in your writing as long as they don't hurt you in the process. This chapter looks at tools to help you distance yourself from writing that might cause you discomfort. (52m)

Content Warnings: trauma, abuse, sex

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Chapter Eight - Power

& Empowerment

So much of your spoken word journey comes from acknowledging the journey itself. In this chapter you are going to look at all the incredible work you have done so far and use it to write something new. (24m)

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Chapter Nine - Introduction Again

It's time to write your Introduction poem. But don't worry, you are so ready for this. You've got all the tools you need to write amazing spoken word and you know that your stories are worth telling. Good luck and happy writing! (17m)

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Chapter Ten - Conclusion

Congratulations, poet, you did it. You completed the Spark Education Programme. This chapter tells you what to do next and how to share your work with us, we're dying to read it. (6m)

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