Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth
by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development
and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college
preparation and performance opportunities.
How can we construct poems that acknowledge a complicated and dynamic world? How do we avoid writing and performances that transforms us into caricatures? How can we guide our readers inot what it feels like to be us, alive in 2016? In this workshop, we will explore and produce poetry that reveals a full spectrum of human emotion. Bring a notebook, pen, and a sense of adventure, as we take our art to the edge of the universe, and bring back proof that we’ve been there. Register
#UWFirstDraft is a free, non-censored, open mic & weekly reading series sponsored by Urban Word NYC. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, Urban Word alumni, and mentors. We seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. First Draft is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective. All generations of the Urban Word community, past, present and future, are invited to share their voices, ideas and wisdom.
Want to learn how to write a great rap? Do you have your favorite song memorized? In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of writing raps. You will learn how to count the bars in a number of different songs and how to craft different types of flows and verses to match the mood of the verse you write. This workshop is open to beginning and advanced Emcees and will conclude with the class recording a cypher to be uploaded and shared on YouTube. Register
What happens after you write a poem? Are you interested in learning how to master the craft of your performance and getting published? This workshop is about what happens after you write poems. What are the best ways to memorize poems and get them ready for the stage? What do you do with your hands when you perform? How do you revise a poem, so it is as strong as possible? How do you know when a poem is done? What do you do if you are interested in getting published? This poem is for advanced writers interested in becoming professional writers. Register
This program is geared towards high school juniors & seniors who want their creative critical voice to soar over the tedium of the college application process. Using spoken word and hip-hop as inspiration, we will write high-quality college application essays and explore numerous scholarship opportunities. This workshop will put you on track to get into college, and earn scholarships. Register
Each year, Urban Word champions the voices of more than25,000New York City teens in the art of spoken word poetry.
THIS VOICE IS ALL I HAVE. I REALLY AND TRULY BELIEVE THAT POETRY IS SAVING MY LIFE.