To take part in the campaign, share an original poem, quote, or a piece of writing with the hashtag #SayYourPeace. Check out these top tips below for more information on getting started.
Don’t forget that to make sure we pick it up, tag @stwevents on Twitter, or @spreadthewordwriters on Instagram. Alternatively, please email your poems to email@example.com, and let us know if you’re happy for us to share them.
TOP TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR POEM
Theresa has some top tips for writing your poem:
1. What are you writing about? – It helps to know what you are writing about before putting poem to paper, or fingers to keypads. It is easy to get trapped in our big ideas, the campaign is focusing on sharing the things that bring you calm and peace; decide what those things are for you first. You could capture a moment of stillness, or you could describe why peace is important to you right now. The poem doesn’t have to be a piece of journalism, so feel free to use your imaginations! It does help to have an idea of what you want to share.
2. Create memorable imagery – The poems that will be shared as part of campaign are quite short, try using descriptions that create interesting and memorable images! Think of a different way to describe whats important to you, and the aspects you are highlighting and celebrating. For example, you could describe the peace you find as a stop-off on a journey, or hitting pause on a film, or you can use specific imagery that suits you e.g. space, nature, video games etc.
3. Have fun writing many drafts – Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t pleased with the first poem you write, practice makes you better! Also, sometimes it takes a few drafts to get the real gems for the final poem.
4. Make use of your poetry toolbox – Are you familiar with simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia? The list goes on and on. The poetry toolbox is so exciting! Maybe try writing lines using one of them you like, and if you like the line you could use it in the poem, or that line alone could be the poem!
5. A poem doesn’t always have to rhyme – Whenever I teach in schools the first thing most students ask is ‘Miss does my poem have to rhyme?’ The answer is no, but if you love rhyme then go for it!
6. Read other poems – Follow the hashtag and read other poems for inspiration! The internet provides such a wide resource, you can watch poems being performed on YouTube, or read poems online, or if you have books even better! Sometimes the best inspiration and learning comes from taking in other poems. This is a wonderful opportunity not just to write, but to get to read and hear more poems too.