From Keats to Beats

Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40.  But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about learning the limitless styles there are to choose from?  Whatever the style or personality of the student, this workshop explores how to create a versatile and open-ended poetry unit that allows these young poets to find their voice.

Target Audience

Grades 7 to 12

To Bring/Important Notes

Teachers will participate by writing / creating their own work.  Writing surface (desk / table / etc) is preferred. Recommend that teachers bring their own writing utensils and paper for efficiency of workshop.  I will provide extras.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Miranda Krogstad

    Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life.  Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province.  A member of the 2016 national wild card team, a two-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, she has since co-founded the organization YYSpeak.

  • Miranda Krogstad