Poetry – From Pen to Performance

Have something to say? Learn how to express yourself with the spoken word. Lift your poetry off the page and bring it alive for performance.

Everything is invitational, as you put poetic pen to paper and then perform your final pieces. Daily sessions will be heavy on getting stuck into writing and performing, with a smattering of theory. Start from scratch, or bring bits and pieces along- all kinds of poets and poems are welcome!

Designed for beginners – but what pro wouldn’t benefit from setting aside some time to write and pushing themselves in their performances?

Jason will offer a few ways to write poetry, but feel free to bring pieces you’re already working on. You’ll be welcome to stay within your comfort zone, or he can help you push yourself out of it.


Course Info

If you are more a reader than a performer, that’s totally fine, and if all you want to do is write and not read share any of your work with anyone, that’s fine too.

Everything will be an invitation, the only obligation is to supprt and encourage those who do want to share.

We will spend most of the first day writing, using one of several prompts if need be, and then sharing our works in progress.

On day two we will look at another entry point, and start to focus in on one or two poems for more work.

Day three we get into more detailed feedback, and vocal exercises, preparing us for more performing on day four.

By day five we will be performing to each other, and perhaps busking on the street.

Then some of us might like to perform at the Camp Creative finale, and perhaps aim for all that prize money at the Bello Poetry Slam in June!

The workshop is aimed at absolute beginners, but the great thing about poetry is that even if you’ve written or performed a lot, taking time out to write and perform more always yields fruit, and you can help inspire the others!

To be supplied by participant

Paper and pens, a laptop or phone if you like creating on them.


Jason John
Course Tutor

Jason John

Jason’s melding of Dr Seuss and Pam Ayres with politics, sex and religion saw him win the 2019 Bellingen Poetry Slam and place third at the Australian Poetry Slam final the same year.

Recently he has brought his extensive experience leading workshops of all kinds to poetry- running Poetry for Beginners and Performance Poetry workshops for Bellingen Arts Week in 2021.

He loves the opportunity to help people turn a blank page or screen into writing, then scribbles, then more writing, and the writing into words spoken on stage.

You can read and watch some of his work at ecofaith.org