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  Club S.W.A.P.

Club S.W.A.P. (Spoken Word And Poetry)
This class will empower students to communicate creatively, speak
more confidently, increase self-awareness and promote self-esteem
through expressive writing. Natasha "Beautiful Thought" Sansom is a
speaker, spoken soul poet, and winner of the National Poetry Award
in 2012, Christian Poet of the Year. Ms. Sansom will teach the
students many forms of poetry that incorporates writing sessions,
during class, corresponding to the learned forms of poetry. They will
learn which books of the Bible are considered poetry, review
grammar, begin to use metaphors, similes, alliteration, rhyme, and so
much more. A variety of creative techniques will be used to engage
the youth in learning and practicing skills needed for writing.
As the class develops rapport and increases trust, the participants will
increasingly be lead toward greater self-discovery and increased
self-esteem. The individuals will be empowered through the listening
and appreciation as a group of their words and stories. They will learn
to live more authentically and increase their creativity, self-esteem,
and writing (language arts) skills.
The youth will present writings in front of the group (oral and creative
art form) and at the holiday and spring concerts. Throughout the
sessions poetry will shared by the instructor of both her and the work
of national and local poets.

This class is adaptable for all of the following groups:
spelling challenges, dyslexic, auditory processing difficulty

  Instructor: Sansom, Natasha
  Instructor Bio:
  Natasha "Beautiful Thought" is the winner of the 2011 National Poetry Award - Christian Poet & Spoken Word Artist of the Year and 2013 nominee. She has performed with international jazz artists Randy Scott and Lin Rountree and, opened for national gospel rap artists. February 2016, "Beautiful Thought" released her freshman cd, titled "Spoken Soul I: Perfect Imperfections". Spoken soul poet, actress, radio host, event hostess, and poetry teacher, "Beautiful Thought" is the producer & host of a monthly 2nd Saturday event called, The Peaceful Poetic Place poetry & music series. She produces & hosts 1st Fridays "Beautiful Thought" Open Mic at Detroit Vintage Coffee & Tea. She is an advocate for domestic violence survivors and strongly believes in benevolence. She is a member of Liberty City Church of Christ in Detroit. She has a Masters in Human Services and a Bachelor's in Social Work/Psychology. She has been teaching poetry to youth and adults for a few years. She is a home school mother to a creative and talented son who loves to sing and dance and is also a local commercial actor.
  Fee: $85
  Material Fee: $5
  Minimum Age: 11
  Maximum Age: 16
Day:FridayTime:12:30 pmLength:1 Hours
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