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The Fine Art of Words Precisely Crafted & Performed with Power and Passion

Ascend 2024 is excited to host its 2nd  year of Poetry workshops as we embrace the fine art of poetic expression led by the expert prosaist and performer Amirah David + team.  This year we are also joined by Matthew Shelton, of Shelton Studios who lends his decades of professional theater acting/producing/ and oration expertise to the workshop.  Matthew has 25 years of teaching experience for actors at the Shelton Studios and San Francisco Art Institute.


The art of precisely crafting the riches of deep vocabulary nuances takes depth of craftsmanship and rhythmic meter.  And in this cultural moment there is a surge of interest in what the fine art of poetry can give the world through deeply thoughtful and soothing expressions of truth, beauty and nobility that guide the soul. With decades of experience skilled poet/writers will facilitate the sessions.  Opportunity will also be explored to create short videos of one's work.


Participants can choose for two focus paths

Writing + Listening + word crafting + styles of writing and prose


Writing + word crafting + video production  + oral performance


 In the Greek means "workmanship".  As the Scriptures say WE are His "Poiema" created in Christ Jesus for good works that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:20)  Workshop will be filled with hands on exercises that hone this fine art.


 Workshop will include the written and spoken word and participants  listen, write and collaborate.  Be sure to bring any of your works to share, notebook (paper or electronic) , preferred pens/pencils, all the accouterments that make you a joyous writer and composer .

 The courses will involve  immersion into various poetic forms and then a step-by-step approach that allows the participants to write their own pieces in these genres.  

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