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In this poetry workshop, Manal Younus will guide participants in exploring how the words we choose and the way we deliver them can impact, move and enthral us, and the audiences who hear them.

Spoken word is an act of reclamation. It's a rebellion against the way we have been told to remain small, and silent. It is how we claim back the voice that has been taken from us and in turn, hold space for those around us to do the same. It is the telling of our stories; the connection we weave through our histories, our lived experiences, and in the lives of one another. Bring a poem or write one in this poetry workshop and discover the power of spoken word.

Participants will:

  • Work with Manal to write a new piece of poetry or bring along a poem already written to continue to develop
  • Explore the craft of spoken word poetry and how the words we choose and the way we deliver them impact those who hear them
  • Develop your personal voice and the confidence to deliver and perform your words
  • Learn how the power of spoken word can be applied not just to poetry but any written form
  • Connect with other writers, poets and storytellers and have the opportunity to learn more about spoken word opportunities in South Australia.


Suitable for both beginner poets and more experienced writers alike. Due to the nature and activities of the workshop, you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop computer) as you will not be able to fully participate using a phone or tablet.


This workshop is presented by the Writers SA No Limits: Young Regional Writers program and is aimed at regional writers under 30, however writers from all ages and locations are very welcome to attend this online workshop.


If you live in the Limestone Coast and love poetry have a look what else we have on offer for March Poetry Month! A workshop on 5th March with Gloria Demillo  in Mount Gambier and on 12th March with Emelia Haskey in Naracoorte, including an open mic event For the Love of Words and Wine. For Mt Gambier Fringe we have Caroline Reid on March 27th. If you can't make in-person events or live outside the Limestone Coast we also have an online concrete poetry workshop with Rory Green for World Poetry Day on 21st March.


About Manal Younus

Manal Younus is a storyteller who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Originally from Eritrea now based on Kaurna Country in South Australia, she uses her writing and performance to create experiences that encourage audiences to join her in asking questions of themselves and the world around them.

Manal is the Associate Director at ActNow Theatre and serves as the Deputy Chair of the Writers SA board. She also develops and facilitates workshops in writing, performance, public speaking for schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices.

Since making the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals in 2013, Manal no longer competes in slams but has gone on to perform around the country and the world including at the Jaipur Literary Festival and Georgetown Literary festival. In 2015, she released her first book of poetry called 'Reap'; and launched it with a national tour with official launches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and feature performances in Queensland and New South Wales. In the same year Manal founded Soul Lounge, a monthly Open Mic event in Adelaide.


WSA Member $88 / Non-member $140 /

No Limits (regional writers aged 30 and under) $20

No Limits workshops are heavily subsidised for regional writers aged 30 and under. If the fee is still a barrier please email [email protected] for the No Limits 50% off or 100% off code to enable you to participate. 


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. 


—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.

—Our Youth Membership category also includes a subscription to Voiceworks. Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. Join here.

  • Starts: January 15th, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: January 15th, 2022 4:00 PM

Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on January 15th, 2022 8:00 AM