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Introduction to Poetry

Clea Roberts • Poetry

This two-hour workshop will engage and inspire students to read and write poetry. Students will learn through group discussions and writing exercises from a published, critically acclaimed Yukon writer.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to answer the question: What is poetry?
  • Learn about poetic attention
  • Learn how to read a poem
  • Understand three poetry tools: metaphor, imagery and line break

The finished result of the project: Students will have a greater overall understanding of poetry and increased confidence in their ability to express themselves through writing poetry.

Grade Suitability4-12
Maximum Class Size25
Time Required2 hours + 1 hr prep
Material RequiredReadily available writing supplies. Class sets of my poetry collections are available through Yukon Public Libraries.
Language of InstructionEnglish

Clea Roberts

Clea Roberts' work has been translated and published internationally and has been nominated for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Award and a National Magazine Award. She has received fellowships from the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Vermont Studio Centre and is a five-time recipient of the Yukon Advanced Artist Award. 

Currently, Clea facilitates poetry and journaling workshops through Hospice Yukon. She also has experience teaching poetry to school-age children through community centres and in the classroom, and worked as a teaching assistant while completing her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at UBC.


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