With support from the BC Arts Council, the first ever Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive will take place from July 3rd to 7th, 2018, in Vancouver, BC.  Don’t need to read any further?  APPLY NOW!

What is Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive?

Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive is a one of a kind program available to youth aged 18 to 24 from across British Columbia.  Over the course of four days (and one night), the intensive ensemble take 20 hours of workshops from a world-class lineup of teaching artists at the beautiful Jim Green House Studio in East Vancouver. Ensemble members also perform in two showcases at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

Who should apply?

Any youth interested in honing their poetic/lyrical/storytelling craft!  Although Word Camp focuses on spoken word and written poetry, we’re open to any young artists interested in an intense week of creative arts practice.  And it will be an intense week: Word Camp promises to be a TON of fun, but be ready to grind those pencils down to stubs and sleep when it’s all done!

How much does it cost?

Registration for accepted applicants costs $200 to $250 sliding scale.  Registration and/or travel costs a barrier to your participation?  We’re doing our best to make this program available to everyone!  Our aim is to fundraise enough to provide subsidies to registration and/or travel as needed.

Vancouver Poetry House is accepting tax-deductible donations via Canada Helps.  Donors can make their donation, and leave a note saying, “Word Camp.”  Donations will then be used to subsidise registration and/or travel costs for participants as needed.

Who are our world-class teaching artists?

Tanya Evanson (Montreal, QC)
Mary Pinkoski (Edmonton, AB)
Jamaal Jackson Rogers aka. Just Jamaal the Poet (Ottawa, ON)
Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve (Vancouver, BC)
Kai Cheng Thom (Toronto, ON)
Brad Gibson (Vancouver, BC)

Find out more about them on our Artists page!  Word Camp schedule below.  Or… APPLY NOW!

Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive Schedule
(subject to change)

Tuesday, July 3rd

Meet’n’Greet: 7 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
A chance for participants to meet each other, Word Camp staff and teachers. Food will be provided.

Wednesday, July 4th

Workshop #1: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #2: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Faculty & Ensemble Performance: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM @ Roundhouse Performance Centre
Mary Pinkoski, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Ronnie Dean Harris, Kai Cheng Thom and Brad Gibson show off their best stuff – while members of the ensemble introduce themselves from the stage with a short performance!  Attendance mandatory for ensemble members.

Thursday, July 5th

Workshop #3: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #4: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Friday, July 6th

Workshop #5: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #6: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Ensemble Dinner: TBA @ Storm Crow Tavern
Join Camp staff and some facilitators for an evening meal and board games at Van Slam poets’ favourite hang out: Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive. Attendance optional.

Saturday, July 7th

Final Show Prep Session w/ Tanya Evanson: 12 PM to 4 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
A chance to work on new materials and collaborative performances for the final performance at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. Ensemble members work with Tanya Evanson, as well as members of the Word Camp staff and assistant facilitators to get ready for the final show!

Word Camp Finale feat. Tanya Evanson: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM @ Roundhouse Performance Centre
A final showcase of the ensemble!  Following a performance from the evening’s feature, Tanya Evanson, ensemble members perform works created during or informed by their time at the intensive on the big stage at the Roundhouse Performance Centre!

Don’t think! Just APPLY NOW!

Word Camp Director: Johnny MacRae
Word Camp Assistant Director: Lucia Misch
Word Camp Artwork: Leya Tess.