Spoken Word Poetry 101:

Amplify Your Voice

with Luka Lesson

  • 7 weeks of videos, resources, prompts, workshops and live sessions
  • Learn writing and performance technique from a former Australian Poetry Slam Champion
  • 12 months access to the complete course curriculum - return to the course at your own pace
  • Learn tips, hints & prompts to overcome writers' block
  • Amplify the writer inside you
  • Suitable for all skill levels - No writing or performance experience necessary
  • Take your writing from the page to the stage with advice and new skills that help quell the nerves and bring your poems to life
  • Learn how to memorise quickly and successfully
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** Since this is a LIVE program, spots are very limited (40 people) and will fill up quickly.

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"Luka brings so much knowledge and experience into the teaching environment, you would think that what he teaches would be complex and difficult to understand. But just like every good teacher, he has found a way to make the complex work for everyone, and the difficult become completely democratic. Luka seems to be able to fool every student into thinking that not only is poetry possible, but that they were already poets before he entered the room. Simply by flicking a few switches and turning on the creative lights, Luka is able to turn up the volume on who we already are"


- James Humberstone, Education Specialist, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

THE WORLD NEEDS POETS, NOW.

In these crazy times, I believe we need poetry more than ever. That means you, we need you and your whole self to come forward and speak right now.

Even if you have never written a poem before, now is the time to begin. We need a democratic approach towards information, localised engagement with story-telling, open discourse within our communities that cuts out the middle-men of media and politics.

In other words, we need us. To listen to each other directly, to connect on our own terms, to tell our stories for ourselves before someone else tells our stories in our absence.

Don't let them tell your story in your absence.

I believe that now is the time to nurture each other's voices, and to amplify our own. That's why I'm running this course publicly for the first time.

THIS IS ABOUT YOU, FAM.

My workshops have been designed to suit all kinds of humans, from all walks of life, because I had to do it this way. I've travelled all over the planet teaching workshops and performing and there's one thing I've had to make sure of - that anyone who enters the room can write a poem. That means that someone with zero experience doesn't get left behind, and that the experienced poet in the room also doesn't get bored.

So my workshops are designed to be shrunk or expanded to suit the time available, skill-level and attention spans of absolutely anyone. And this is not even about 'English', if your mother-tongue isn't English, feel free to apply my course in whichever language you feel most comfortable.

This is about you getting creative, sinking deep into the poetry, and letting me take care of all of the structures, ideas, starting points and other details, so you can just dive straight in.

VIDEOS & RESOURCES

The course includes 30+ pre-recorded performances, workshop, writing process conversations as well as my answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.

There are handouts and transcripts for each section, and a chance to comment on each resource and chat between the other participants.

Each week there will be a Live Zoom session which will be specifically linked to the theme at hand, and at the end of each of these there will be a chance to ask me questions and have a discussion around anything you feel is important.

All if these resources will be bundled up for each week and accessible at any time during and after the course.

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

Learn via the 30+ videos of workshops and poetry-based conversations I've recorded for you, or print out the hand outs and read through everything at your own pace.

The Live sessions are also sent to your inbox, so you can rewatch and take notes or re-listen to each session as many times as you like.

I'm a bit of an old school writers myself, I prefer a pen and pad, but during this course you can use your weapons of choice, and sharpen your skill-set with a crew of poets from across the planet.

FOR ALL LEARNING STYLES

Spoken Word Poetry 101 includes prerecorded material, worksheets, writing exercises & live Zoom sessions.

However you learn best, I've got you covered.

GET YOUR VOICE OUT INTO THE WORLD

...it isn't easy, I know. There are so many arguments about what 'good poetry' is or isn't. How it should be put into the world. How to perform well. How to 'get heard'. This course is not only about writing and performing, but also - what to do next. By the end of the course I am confident that you will be fully equipped to take that next step, and use all the tools available to amplify and put your work out into the world.

ENROL NOW - $497  

ONLY 40 SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Meet Luka.

Hey my people,

I appreciate you being here. It means a lot to me, for real.

Most of you know - I've been a rebel since day one, I've broken all the rules on who should or should not be a poet, how poetry should be taught and who my students could or couldn't be. The whole time I've said: 'F#&k all that noise'. Not only do I believe poetry is for everyone, but that so many of us come from cultures where Oral Traditions have historically been the primary path of knowledge - and so poetry and storytelling is in our DNA.

In these times of crisis, we needs to tell our stories, to bring colour into dark spaces, to shine a light through narrative and memory and meaning. It's important, and for me, it is the most powerful tool we have to become catalysts for positive change in our personal circles and communities. Not only by screaming down the structures that hold us back, but by using poetry as healing, as personal inquiry and lyrical alchemy.

I believe poetry binds us together in a way that means the fabric of society becomes more durable, more resilient and less susceptible to being pulled apart through politics of separation and fear.

I believe that anyone can write a good poem and perform it, anyone can craft a great piece of word art, deliver it on stage and make a crowd get goosebumps. I've seen it happen with the most 'unlikely' of writers . Time and time again.

Over the past 14 years I've guided thousands of people through processes of writing and performing spoken word poetry or rap verses. From the Sydney to Soweto, Beijing to Brisbane, Adelaide to Athens and everywhere in-between.

And now I bring everything that I've learned on this journey to you.

With respect,

Luka 'Lesson' Haralampou

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A YEAR OF LEARNING

When you enrol in Spoken Word Poetry 101 you get access to our resources for 12 months. Poetry is a practice, and even though you will initially come through the course in order of each weeks resources, in the future, you can come back to any of my workshops, prompts and advice with fresh ears, a more highly developed skill set, or just a different mood - and do it again at your own pace.

  • WEEKLY LIVE GROUP CALLS WITH LUKA

Join me each week as I break down important concepts from the last week's resources, gives performances my own pieces, discuss important concepts, go through the history of poetry in Ancient Greece or just hang and write with me in the writers' circle.

  •  TEMPLATES, RESOURCES & EXAMPLES

I've spent the last 14 years on the road creating poetry programs and getting the most jammed up and stuck pens moving. I know what works and what doesn't & I have created this course with only the stuff that works. All killer, no filler. This course is about being creative with the pen, and confident on the stage. Nothing less, and lots more.

  • AN ENTIRE COURSE FOCUSSED ON SPOKEN WORD

This never happens. There's poetry courses that focus on page poetry, there's performance courses for actors and musicians, but a poetry writing and performance course? Very rare. This course is about making sure your pen game matches your bravado. And that your confidence matches your lyricism.

  • LEARN TO BECOME POWERFUL ON STAGE

Every second you are on stage, you are being watched. In this course I talk about how to use this to your advantage. How to sensitise yourself to the point where you know exactly what to do to increase the experience of your audience - to fully embody your poems.

  • CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS

Learn via the 30+ videos of workshops and poetry-based conversations, or print out and read through everything at your own pace. The Live sessions are also sent to your inbox, so you can rewatch and take notes or re-listen to each session as many times as you like. I'm a bit of an old school writers myself, I prefer a pen and pad, but during this course you can use your weapons of choice, and sharpen your skill-set with a crew of poets from across the planet.

ENROL NOW - $497 

ONLY 40 SPOTS AVAILABLE!

About Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson is a poet, rapper & storyteller of Greek Heritage born in Australia.

Luka has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, released his own musical albums and books and been published in a number international poetry collections.

Luka has toured with musicians Akala (UK), Lowkey (UK) and Tiki Taane (NZ), thinkers such as Dr Cornel West (USA) & Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (USA), and poets Omar Musa, Ken Arkind (USA), Jive Poetic (NYC), Mahogany L Browne (USA) and Shane Koyczan, to name a few.

Luka Lesson has always used his education-based programs as a means for social change. His work is currently being studied officially on the curriculum in English departments across Australia, and unofficially through teachers thinking outside the box all over the world.

WHERE AND WHEN:

We will meet on Wednesday evenings for 7 weeks.
All sessions will be on Zoom with time for Q+A after every session.

Jan 13th 5:30-7pm AEDT
Jan 20th 5:30-7pm AEDT
Jan 27th 5:30-7pm AEDT

Feb 3rd 5:30-7pm AEDT
Feb 10th 5:30-7pm AEDT
Feb 17th 5:30-7pm AEDT
Feb 24th 5:30-7pm AEDT

If you miss a session, everything will be recorded and sent to you via email.


I would really appreciate your time and presence each week to make the most of the course.

HERE'S THE DEETS...

WEEK 1: MAY YOUR PEN GRACE THE PAGE

+ Check The Technique: 'May Your Pen Grace The Page'
+ Writing Workshop: The Art of the Stream Of Consciousness
+ Luka Answers: "What Advice Would You Give To A Young Poet?"
+ Video Talk: The process of writing 'May Your Pen Grace The Page'
+ LIVE Session: Why do we do poetry? What is Artivism? How does it serve our community?
+ Plus: Live performance & Q&A

WEEK 2: THE POETRY OF DISPLACEMENT

+ Check The Technique: 'Diaspora'
+ Writing Workshop: 'Diaspora'
+ Video talk: The process fo writing 'Diaspora'

+ Check The Technique: 'Yiayia'
+ Writing Workshop: 'Yiayia: Portrait Poetry'
+ Video Talk: The process of writing 'Yiayia'
+ LIVE Session: Writers' Circle, international & bilingual Spoken Word & why it matters.
+ Plus: Live Q&A

WEEK 3: WHAT WILL BECOME OF US?

+ Check The Technique: 'Bones', 'Macquarie' & 'Letter To My Daughter'
+ Writing Workshop: 'Social Issues Poetry'
+ Luka Answers: 'How Many Poems Have You Written?'
+ LIVE Session: Self-Reflection, Privilege, Power.
+ Plus: Live Q&A

WEEK 4: THE TRANSFORMATIONAL MOMENT

+ Check The Technique: 'Antidote' & 'What Will Become Of Us?'
+ Writing Workshop: 'The Transformational Moment''
+ Video Talk: The process of writing 'Yiayia'
+ LIVE Session: Writer's Circle & How Does Poetry Heal?
+ Luka Answers: 'What Inspires You?'
+ Plus: Live Q&A

WEEK 5: RHYME CENTRAL

+ Check The Technique: 'Anonymous' + 'Killing Time'
+ Writing Workshop: 'The Rhyming Recipe ''
+ Video Talk: The process of writing 'Anonymous'
+ LIVE Session: R.A.P: Rhythm And Poetry
+ LIVE Session:
+ Plus: Live Q&A

WEEK 6: WRITE YOUR OWN MYTH

+ Check The Technique: 'Athena'
+ Writing Workshop: 'Write Your Own Myth'
+ Video Talk: The Process of Writing 'Athena'
+ LIVE Session: Oral Traditions and Poetry of Ancient Greece
+ Video Talk: Editing Tips and How To Know a Poem is Done
+ Plus: Live Q&A

WEEK 7: AMPLIFICATION TIME

+ Check The Technique: 'Gems', 'Antidote'
+ Performance Workshop: 'Taking The Poem From Page To Stage'
+ LIVE Session: Working with an Orchestra, Setting Poems/Raps to Music, Making Poetry Videos
+ Luka Answers: 'How Do You Memorise?'
+ Video Talk: Editing Tips and How To Know a Poem is Done
+ Plus: Live Q&A


"Luka Lesson is one of those people who changes the weather; who by his very presence makes the landscape seem more possible, more holy, more livable. I don’t know where he came from or how he got to be so magic. What I do know is that I am better for having experienced him. 

— Dominique Christina

Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion x 2

"Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!"

- Dr Cornel West


Philosopher & Author - 'Race Matters'

"Luka is the kind of poet other poets want to be. Other poets want to be honest."

- Shane Koyczan

Canadian Poetry Slam Champion

INTRODUCING: SPOKEN WORD POETRY 101

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  • 14 years experience on international poetry stages and education centres worldwide condensed into one online course
  • 12 month access to the materials
  • Journey through a 7-week creative process going from a blank page to confidence on stage
  • Join my LIVE weekly calls where you'll get all your questions answered
  • Access to 30+ videos, LIVE Sessions, workshops, prompts, tips and information

A SMALL REMINDER...

The program includes live group session - please only apply if you are committed to attending the sessions live

(although replays will be available).

This program will never be offered again at this price - this is a one-time chance to get live access to Luka for 7 weeks plus 1 year access to the curriculum.

SPOKEN WORD POETRY 101: AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE

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