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Enriching your english through memoir poetry ( For ages 10 - 15)


8 September 2015 (Tue)
9.30am - 1.30pm

Course Fee: $45.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.38

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Memoir Poetry can be a powerful tool of self-expression for children. It helps them introspect, look back at their own lives with fresh eyes and in writing a memoir poem, a child often forms a closer acquaintance with his sense of self.  

Using Memoir Poetry as the central genre, this workshop will explore different ways by which students can be taught to make better use of the English language. The inherent flexibility of the genre allows a child to explore his imagination with few restraints and instils in him a confidence and a new motive for writing.

Keeping this as the basic premise, through the workshop’s exercises, children will acquire the necessary tools and techniques for writing in a more literary style. Literary style can be defined as the author's word choice, sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement which work together to establish mood, images, and meaning in the text.

Going beyond that it would provide a window to the beauty of poetic thought and poetic expression which is concise, distilled and carefully constructed.


An introduction to a selected batch of Memoir Poetry from across the world (including post-colonial Asian literature) followed by a practical session of writing Memoir Poetry which will include:

  • Putting together the dream diary or the trigger journal
  • Exploring the idea behind the memory & ironing out ambiguities
  • Building up families of word banks
  • Working with figures of speech
  • Learning the basic metrical and rhyming patters
  • Exploring various verse forms
  • Distinguishing the classic from the everyday
  • The real writing experience
  • Critique and reflection on the experience
  • Ideas for the anthology

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Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 25 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

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The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

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