Education Classes and Workshops

Virtual Poetry Workshops

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate, the Charleston Gaillard Center’s 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence, and an award-winning graphic designer. He’s published seven poetry books and has been mentioned in The New York Times as well as been featured on TEDxCharleston, PBS Newshour, the A&E network, the Huffington PostAlaska Beyond Magazine, SC Public Radio and many local media outlets. Learn more about Marcus here.

Summer Poetry Workshop
The Power of You and Your Voice

Join Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker virtually through Zoom for a poetry lesson and discussion on the impact of the written word. During the experience, 30 students will write two poems using guided prompts. They’ll also have the opportunity to share their work.

July 13, 2021
10:30am – noon 
Ages 14-18 
$10 Registration

Scholarships are available for all camps. Please email sdevries@gaillardcenter.org.

Virtual Classroom Workshops

Poetry, Figurative Language and Participation (Grades 3–5)
Students will learn different figurative language techniques, write together and share their work in front of the class.

Imagery Poetry Lesson (Grades 5–9)
Students will understand how sensory language, imagery, and word choice impact poems. Students will be led in an exercise that will produce poems about home and community. Participants will be asked to share their poems in class and do collaborative exercises.

Self-Portrait Poems (Grades 9–12)
Students will be encouraged to write self-portrait poems. These poems will use figurative language techniques and will allow students to get personal with the things that are happening in their lives. They’ll also share the poems with classmates.

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