FREE Poetry Workshops & Mentorship with Tawahum

Saturday, March 2, 2024 – 10:30am-5pm

Union of Northern Workers (UNW)

Training Room #3

Suite 400, 4910 53 Street

Yellowknife, NT  X1A 1V2

NorthWords NWT is grateful for the support of Industry, Tourism and Investment of the Government of the Northwest Territories for these events.

Join us for a day of FREE writing events with Tawahum, a Łutselkʼe Dene and Plains Nehiyaw spoken word poet from unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territory (CKA Vancouver). Their Two-Spirit, Nonbinary Scorpio-moon angst boils over to showcase their sadboi rage. With a BA in Creative Writing from KPU, Tawahum has performed poetry and hip-hop at countless festivals with poems featured in numerous publications. Cut to Fortress was published by Nightwood Editions in 2022 with this new collection to come 2025. Find them online @Tawahum on social media and music platforms.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

Please bring your writing instruments (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.)

1-on-1 Mentorship Sessions

Mentorship sessions are limited and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please note the 30-minute sessions don’t include manuscript review.

10:30am – Mentorship Session 1

11:00am – Mentorship Session 2

11:30am – Mentorship Session 3

Register by emailing the following information to coordinator@northwordsnwt.ca:

First + Last Name

Phone number

Email address

Discussion Topics – Why are you seeking mentorship?

1:00-3:00pm Poetry Devices as Tricks of the Trade – Register via Eventbrite

Magicians don’t reveal their tricks, but poets doing workshops might. This workshop aims to demystify the idea of “poetic devices” to encourage folks interested in writing to expand their creative toolkits. From the basics and the depth you can go merely using those, this is a crash course in Tawahum’s poetry fundamentals, the tricks of their trade.

3:00-5:00pm – Working with Lore and Myth in Poetry Workshop – Register via Eventbrite

The worlds of story and lore connect us all to a place, to culture, to a vivid world of symbolism that aids us in storytelling especially as spoken word artists. Partially crash-course in a couple poetic tricks, partial deep-dive into the world of myth, this workshop aims to expand the poetic toolkit for one to access to tell story from.

You are also invited to perform at NorthWords NWT’s GATHER : A Spoken Word Open Mic Saturdays March 2 & April 13 at 7pm at the Top Knight