Word Camp Virtual Series is an online edition of the summer Word Camp recently offered in-person for Vancouver + area youth. This year we’re hosting seven online workshops exploring a dynamic range of spoken word, storytelling, hip hop, personal non-fiction and songwriting, all facilitated by awesome artists from across Turtle Island. Our goal is to support youth in building relationships with professional artists and other youth through writing and performance workshops, creative development and cultural engagement. The series is two-fold: seven weeks of online workshops offered in a group setting through zoom, and a mentorship program for youth who are really passionate and want to gain more one-on-one insight into their craft with one of the facilitators. This year, we’re excited to announce Kai Cheng Thom, Leela Gilday, Craig Frank Edes aka The Northwest Kid, Tanya Evanson, Lishai Peel, Isabella Wang and VPH’s very own, Joseph Dandurand.

If you’ve ever been curious about poetry and rap, storytelling and song, and wanted to take your skills to the next level while interacting with other youth, this is for you! These online sessions are designed from a perspective that values and centres inclusion, accessibility and all-levels learning in mind. All of our facilitators are BIPOC and represent a range of skills and awareness to territory, community and language. Sessions are free for youth to sign up and each workshop will have active listeners available.

The mentorship program is open to 14 youth to work with one of the seven mentors, in two one-hour video calls where they can develop, craft, question and gain professional knowledge to grow their practices.

Applications open Sept 28, 2020 – October 13

Workshops start October 21

Stay tuned for more info about the workshops