But just for November’s Poetry Night.
Creative Writing at Newaygo High School (NHS) is a class that is both loved and feared. The teacher, Luke Francis, would not have been brave enough to take this class as a student in high school, but he loves to teach the class as an adult. For a little over a decade, he has had the honor of witnessing brave and courageous souls face their fears as they struggle to find the words that are at the heart of their stories. Stories have been rapped and sung, crafted and polished, told through tears with pride and dignity...stories worthy of voice…and told.
The class focuses on telling stories better. Every Friday during the school year students step onto their stage and perform borrowed and original spoken word poetry, powerful vignettes, thoughtful and often rollicking skits, inspirational speeches, songs, and so much more. Genre, style, and subject matter are student decisions (within accepted school policy). Presentation of the ideas is the focus; how you tell the story through voice, stage presence, body language, and eyes, the rhythm and pace of delivery, and, of course, the imagery and metaphor that drive the craft.
On Wednesday night, November 6th, students from the NHS Creative Writing class will be showcasing their talents at Flying Bear Books in Newaygo from 7-9 PM. Come check out what these inspiring young people are doing!