Check The Method offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city.

Taught by YCA's Artistic Staff including Jamila Woods, Kevin Coval, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez, each month will be a themed workshop led by one artist.

In October, Nate Marshall teaches:
The Sonnet and The Sixteen: Making/breaking the poem

This month will focus on perhaps the two most recognizable poetic forms, the sonnet and the hip-hop verse. We will read and discuss poems from masters of these forms while attempting to write poems in conversation with those works.

In November, a guest artist will design and teach a course.

In December, José Olivarez teaches:
Stick The Landing: How to end a poem

This month we will be looking at the different ways that poets and artists end their pieces. Is it better to end with an epiphany or to let the poem settle quietly? We will write poems with a variety of different endings to improve our range as poets.

In January/ February, Kevin Coval teaches:
The Poetics of Place:

celebrating, documenting & portraiting the place you are from. a rich exmanination of the block & hood(s) you live in & how to locate & elevate the narratives, images & ephemera to make art out of the every day.

Check The Method will be off during LTAB.

In April, Britteney Black Rose Kapri teaches:
It's More Than What You're Feeling.

This month we are going to focus on building out imagery and expanding details by investigating all five of your senses in relationship to the piece.

In May, Jamila Woods teaches:
The Music of Poetry

This month we will explore the relationship between music and poetry. We will read lyrics as poems, study the ways poets have been inspired by musical forms, and apply hip-hop and jazz practices such as sampling, remix, and improvisation to poetry writing.


Check The Method @ Young Chicago Authors meets at 1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue / Chicago, IL 60642 every Saturday (from 10/15-12/17) at 1pm – 3pm

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Examples of Past Check The Method Workshops

Past Workshops

Check the Method Workshop A

Read

"Dining Room" by G Yamazawa

"Nikki-Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni

List
  • Chores and responsibilities you had
  • Places you didn't like being brought to
  • Places you liked to go to
  • Sayings/advice your parent/elders use to tell you growing up
  • Things you wished you had when you were younger
  • Prized possessions when you were young
  • Anything you got disciplined/in trouble for
  • Things you remember loving to eat when you were young
Write

A portrait of your childhood the way you would want it to be remembered.

Check the Method Workshop B

Read

"Butter" by Elizabeth Alexander

"Tater Tot Hot-Dish" by Hieu Minh Nguyen

List
  • Favorite foods from your childhood.
  • Lease favorite childhood foods.
  • Guilty pleasure snacks.
  • Food/meal you have a negative memory of.
  • Food you can’t eat.
  • Favorite candies.
  • Food you associate with specific people.
Write

About one of the foods on your list and its relation to you.

Check the Method Workshop C

Read

"Candy Store" by Nate Marshall

"Fame Food and Liquor" by Nate Marshall

List
  • Favorite foods from your childhood.
  • Lease favorite childhood foods.
  • Guilty pleasure snacks.
  • Food/meal you have a negative memory of.
  • Food you can’t eat.
  • Favorite candies.
  • Food you associate with specific people.
Write

A pastoral for one of your places.

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Register below to participate. This workshop is open for ongoing enrollment. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Bayana Davis at bayana/at/youngchicagoauthors.org.

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