Writing workshop with Vancouver's Johnny MacRae: Lying to Tell The Truth

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Doors Open: 
6:30 PM
Show Begins: 
7:00 PM

Our workshop series returns!

This time, we're honoured to have Vancouver spoken word great Johnny Macrae lead a workshop to inspire all you budding poets!

This workshop is called Lying To Tell the Truth:
Many poets, especially in slam, give preference to writing from a personal perspective, and to perform work in a way that is recognizably raw and honest. This workshop questions the authenticity of the first person perspective in spoken word performance, and asks how fictionalized voices can offer unexpected ways for poets to speak their truth. Beginning with some physical warm-ups, we will work through a series of exercises focused on active language, personification, and persona writing, as well as perspectives as the vulnerability inherent to sharing work with an audience.

About the workshop leader:

Since first emerging onto the Vancouver Poetry Slam stage, Johnny MacRae has carved out a reputation as an innovative writer and performer, a passionate arts educator, and a dedicated community organizer. He’s been a regional and national level slam champion, in addition to which he was the 2013 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour. In the slam community, MacRae has been a three-time regional champion (2010, Vancouver team champion; 2013/2016 Vancouver individual champion), as well as having won the inaugural Canadian Festival of Spoken Word underground indies title in 2011. All told, he has represented Vancouver at national poetry slam tournaments four times, and Victoria once.
Whether performing, teaching, or organizing, MacRae continues to prove that he is one of the most versatile, innovative, and dedicated spoken word artists in the country.

Doors at 630 and workshop at 7pm.
Come prepared with pens, paper, laptop, phone, whatever you write on.

Pay what you can, $5 suggested donation.

Questions? Email info@torontopoetryslam.com