We’re coming to the end of the Open Artist Masterclasses, which have been running around the country over the past couple of months. These sessions gave poets and spoken word artists the chance to learn, improve and build on their skills in delivering poetry workshops for young people. Led by Jacob Sam-La Rose with support from Glenn Carmichael in the South West, Shirley May in the North West, Deborah Stevenson in the East Midlands, Spoz and Dreadlockalien in the West Midlands and Jeff Price in the North East, this professional development opportunity was taken up by over 100 artists across England. This blog post features some of the feedback from participants following the masterclasses, along with photos of the days’ activities. The final Open Artist Masterclass will take place at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on Friday 18 November in collaboration with Leeds Young Authors. Click here to find out more.

 The class surpassed any expectation I had, and was one of the most useful experiences I’ve had of adult education.

I found the whole experience very inspiring and exciting and it has boosted my confidence in developing my own ideas. I’m so glad I went!

The facilitators were professional, engaging and created a safe yet exciting environment.

Amazing that this quality of training can be provided for free. Has already (4 days later) significantly improved my work with children.

Thank you, Apples and Snakes! In these hard times, and as a writer and poet trying to break out of the benefit trap, it was great to attend something like this for free.

I came away thinking that there’s nothing holding me back from going into schools and working with young people on poetry and spoken word performance.