Kyla Jenée Lacey: Show Not Tell: The Curious Case of Being Too Clever

Feb 2021

How overused literary devices can weigh down a poem

Starting February 1

  • Mondays @ 4:30 pm PST
  • Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22

There is a difference between using language to decorate and using language to make something gaudy. 

This workshop will examine how overused literary devices can weigh down a poem, and the delicate balance between making sure a poem pulls out the best words to describe a sentiment, and yet has brevity and focus in its design.


  • Weekly 90-minute live writing session and discourse led by Kyla.
  • Q&A with Kyla to review each session.
  • An opportunity for writing and performance coaching and feedback.
  • A post-course downloadable review of the information accrued throughout your month-long experience.


  • Expect to walk away a more intentional writer.
  • Expect to have fun and learn to tap into your uniqueness.
  • Expect to receive positive encouragement but a realistic approach to what growth looks like. 
  • I won’t promise you’ll be the greatest writer, but you’ll surely be a greater writer than you were before (results may vary).
  • Expect to shift gears quickly during each session and stretch your imagination…and not just far enough to make a poetry line fit where it might not go.
  • Information and feedback may be presented in a straightforward manner, because pushing you to be better does not come from telling you that you are already at your best, but bearing in mind the importance of safe space.
  • Trigger warning: life doesn’t give you a trigger warning, and neither do we.


Kyla Jenée Lacey is a writer/performer who grew up in Central Florida, but now lives in Atlanta with her two cats Kit and Kaboodle. Kyla has performed at over 250 colleges, in over 40 states.  She has bylines from the Root, Huffington Post, and BET, which have garnered readerships in the 100s of thousands. Her poetry has received about 50 million views, and has been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, Diet Prada, Buzzfeed, In the Now, Afropunk, and the incomparable Write About Now, as well as in college curriculum. She is her parents’ favorite daughter…she’s also their only daughter.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks