A writing workshop focusing on memorization and scientific techniques
Wednesdays @ 5:00 – 6:30pm PT / 8:00 – 9:30pm ET
Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11
Join Jodie Knowles and JRose from the Luminous Minds Project to learn scientific and performance-based techniques to amplify your spoken word piece to the next level.
We will share multiple techniques to help you memorize your poem, help set up emotional cues, physical gestures, and sensory imprints to anchor you into your poem to feel secure in performances. We will share how to create emotional impact by playing with poetic tension, timing, building moments and by finding the poem’s natural rhythm. We will share fun psychological facts about the brain and how to connect with your audience authentically.
We welcome all minds and abilities. For young poets just starting out, aging poets with memory loss, those with Neuro-Diversity and or hidden wounds. We welcome you to our workshop to explore a different way to think about memorization through using your multiple intelligences and senses.
- Techniques we will use that are Neuro-Divergent friendly and safe.
- JRose will share her theory of memorization and drop knowledge of the mechanics and science of Hip Hop and poetic flow.
- Knowles will drop knowledge of the basics of acting and how it can assist you in creating honest moments on stage for emotional impact.
- They will share brain teasers and nerdy facts about the brain + heart connection.
- Together they will share their years of knowledge in performance poetry and how to build connection with audience members.
This is a four-week workshop. Homework will be given each week to practice techniques after class
We will have an open mic at the end of the session to share our verse psychology!
About the Instructors
JRose is a spoken word artist born and raised in Queens, NY. Her love for Hip Hop inspired her to start writing poetry over 20 years ago. In 2015 she decided to take her poetry from paper to the stage and since then she’s grown into a powerhouse in the creative community. She’s always focused on providing a safe space for creatives to share their passions. JRose has been featured on stages all over NYC and has interviewed on multiple platforms including QNS.com, Master Plan, SWB Radio and more.
JRose is also a pioneer in the virtual world. In the midst of a global pandemic, she was able to extend her platform to begin Virtual Voices Weekly Open Mic Nights, The Hotline Erotic Open Mic Nights and even Netflix Party Nights to connect creative communities worldwide. JRose’s mission to bring poetry to mainstream media continued in May 2020 when she launched a mini series called “Whatchu Say Poet?!”, where she has one on one live chats with poets from all over the world through a virtual lens.
Jodie Knowles is a performing artist with over 20 years in the creative arts whom critics have called “intuitively brilliant.” Jodie has performed in numerous award-winning independent films, theatrical productions, and festivals. She began writing in 2005 and stumbled upon The Seattle Poetry Slam where she quickly fell in love with the artform of spoken word poetry. She began performing independently throughout the country in schools, prisons and institutions as a highly sought after female voice. She wrote and performed a one woman show LEARNING CURVE in 2017-2020 to audiences as large as 2,000+ . She used her show as an artful conversation starter to start powerful dialogue that bravely explores the school-to-prison pipeline, ACEs, learning differences over-diagnosing, medicating and segregation of creative minds in the American Public School System.
She created the Luminous Minds Project to change the narrative of mental health, learning differences and hidden wounds while providing education, support and advocacy to the community to better understand the healing, recovery and creative learning process. She educates and coaches clients, consults with educators and mental health professionals to understand trauma and its effects on the brain.