Course: The Spoken Word Map – Point Quill

You are a traveler; a recorder of unknown territories. Spoken word is your geography. An exploration of established spoken word poets and their techniques will be our starting point, our direction. From there, we will chart new paths with words. Find out what it takes to craft a variety of diverse spoken word poems. Let’s write some spoken word maps in poetry!

What that all really means:

This class will focus on writing the spoken word and slam poem. It will take you through the techniques used by established spoken word/slam legends and then you will try out those same techniques through a series of writing exercises. We are going to write a lot and talk a lot and listen a lot. All experience levels with spoken word poetry welcomed and fostered in the class.

(This class is a compliment to The Spoken Word Map – Point Trill class being offered by Sheri-D Wilson, also this week. It is an exciting opportunity to build a spoken word master class for yourself, if you choose to take both of our classes. But that is not necessary. Our class can be taken separately or together.)


Mary Pinkoski is an award-winning spoken word poet from Edmonton. A storyteller at heart, her writing has been called dynamic and visceral. Mary has presented her unique style of spoken word throughout North America, including at Tedx Edmonton (2012). In 2011 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word she was voted Most Valuable Poet and was Captain of the Edmonton Poetry Slam Team, which won the National Championship. Mary was the winner ofthe 2008 National CBC Poetry Faceoff. When not performing, Mary runs spoken word workshops for youth and adults. See more  here