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Poster for the Open-Mic Event

Open-Mic at West Gate Social

Get ready for an afternoon filled with creativity and expression! Write Club, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, invites you to an open-mic event that promises to be a celebration of talent and community. Whether you’re a professor, student, alumni, or simply someone who loves the arts, this is your stage!

Venue: West Gate Social

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024

How It Works: This open-mic event is a platform for you to share your voice, your stories, and your talent. It’s a gathering of minds and expressions, where everyone is welcome to perform or just enjoy the show. Here’s what to expect:

Open Mic Session: The heart of the event is our open mic session, where participants are invited to take the stage. Whether it’s spoken word, stand-up comedy, or stand-up comedy, this is your moment in the spotlight. It’s a supportive and inclusive environment, perfect for those looking to showcase their work, practice their performance skills, or simply share a piece of themselves. No competition, just pure expression.

Rules

  • Open to All: Professors, students, alumni, and guests are all welcome to perform or attend.
  • Time Limit: Each performer is given a time limit of five minutes to share their work.
  • Bring Your Best: While the event is non-competitive, we encourage you to bring your passion and creativity to the stage.

Schedule

3:00 PM - Event Begins

  • Opening remarks and a brief overview of the event’s flow.
  • Introduction of the open mic session and encouragement for all to participate.

3:10 PM - Open Mic Session

  • Participants take the stage to perform their pieces. A vibrant mix of poetry, prose, and spoken word is anticipated.

5:00 PM - Event Ends

  • Closing remarks and a thank you to all participants and attendees for creating a memorable afternoon.

Come perform or watch, and let’s celebrate the power of words together at West Gate Social!


Poster for the Poetry Slam in March at MRU

Poetry Slam at West Gate Social

🎤📚 Mark your calendars! 📚🎤 Get ready for an electrifying evening of spoken word and poetic magic at West Gate Social! 🌟 Join us for a Poetry Slam at MRU on Thursday, March 21, 2024. 🗓️ Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just love soaking in the vibes, this event promises to be unforgettable! 🎶✨

See the Judging Rubric HERE!

Venue: West Gate Social

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024

How It Works: Participants will have the opportunity to perform their original poems or prose pieces. It’s not just about the words; it’s about the performance! Get ready to captivate the audience with your delivery. Here’s how the event will unfold:

Open Mic Session: We’re kicking off the evening with an open mic session that invites all participants to take the stage and share their poetry or prose. This is a casual and inclusive segment, perfect for those who want to test the waters, gain some experience, or simply share their work without the competitive aspect. There’s no judging in this phase; it’s all about self-expression and community.

Competitive Rounds: Following the open mic session, we move into the competitive phase of the Poetry and Prose Slam. In these three competitive rounds, participants will have the chance to perform their original poems and prose pieces with the aim of impressing our judges and the audience. Your performance, both in terms of the content and delivery, will be evaluated. A minimum of three pieces will be required. Separate prizes for poetry and prose will be awarded!

Rules

  • No props or accompaniment: Performers should not wear any costumes or use props during their performance. The use of musical instruments, backing tracks, or sound effects is also not permitted.
  • Original Works Only: All pieces performed must be original creations of the participants.
  • Time Limit: Performers are required to adhere to a time limit of five minutes for their performances.
  • Registration Deadline: Participants must register in advance by a specified deadline. Late registrations may not be accepted.

Schedule

4:00 PM - Welcome Speech / Land Acknowledgement

  • Explanation of the rules for the poetry slam.
  • Introduction of non-competitive and competitive sign-up sheets for those interested in performing.

4:10 PM - Open Mic

  • Open stage for poetry and prose performances.

5:00 PM - Competitive Poetry Slam (3 poems per person)

6:15 PM - Judges Deliberation

  • Judges discuss and decide on the winners.

6:25 PM - Winner Announcement and Closing Ceremony

  • Announcement of the winners.
  • Distribution of prizes.
  • Closing ceremony.

6:30 PM - Event Ends

Join us at West Gate Social for a night of poetry, performance, and passion. This is your chance to shine, share, and maybe even win! 🌟✨


Poster for the Micro-Storytelling & Micro-Fiction Event

Micro-Storytelling & Micro-Fiction Event

Prepare to be mesmerized by the magic of miniature narratives! Write Club invites you to the Micro-Storytelling & Micro-Fiction Event, a celebration of concise and captivating storytelling. Get ready to share under the spotlight, where brevity meets creativity at West Gate Social.

See the Judging Rubric HERE!

Venue: West Gate Social

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

How It Works: You get to tell your story, but keep it short and sweet. We’re focusing on micro-fiction and storytelling that’s short but impactful. Here’s the plan:

Micro-fiction Contest: Starting at 4:05 pm, the evening will begin with micro-fiction stories. Participants will have a chance to captivate the audience with their well-crafted stories in 3 rounds, and be scored by our team of judges for a chance to earn an Indigo Gift Card! These narratives need to be fictionalized.

Storytelling Contest: At 4:50 pm, after the micro-fiction contest, we’ll move into a segment featuring competitive storytellers. In this part, participants will have a chance to captivate the audience with their well-crafted stories in 3 rounds, and be scored by our team of judges for a chance to earn an Indigo Gift Card! These narratives need to be true, personal, and ideally without notes.

Rules

  • Be Original: All stories must be your own work.
  • Watch the Clock: Micro-fiction shouldn’t be more than 5 minutes. Storytelling pieces max out at 5 minutes.
  • Just Your Voice: No props, or music. Let your words do the work.
  • Point System: Judges will be focusing on the quality of the performance and craftmanship of the piece. Each piece will be rated within 10-points by each judge. Three points are given based on the applause and cheer the audience makes. The audience can yell “HIGHER” to request the judges to add a point.
  • Sign Up Early: Make sure to register beforehand. If you’re late, you might not get to participate.
  • FREE DRINK TICKET: Performers will get a free drink ticket!

Schedule

3:30 PM - Club Arrives

Setting up for a night of great stories.

4:00 PM - Black History Month Acknowledgment

We will begin with a respectful acknowledgment of Black History Month, celebrating the richness and diversity of stories from the African diaspora.

4:05 PM - Micro-fiction Contest

Your time to shine with short, powerful real-life stories.

4:50 PM - Storytelling Contest

A chance for fictional, but still captivating tales.

6:00 PM - End

Note: “History with a Drag Queen” starts at 6:30 pm in the same place.

Join us for a night where every word counts and every story is a journey, all in a few minutes. It’s storytelling, but quicker!


Poster for the Poetry and Prose Slam

Poetry and Prose Slam

Are you ready to witness the power of words in a performance? Get ready, Writers! Write Club is bringing you a Poetry and Prose Slam! The spotlight will shine on YOU and your writing.

Venue: West Gate Social

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

How It Works: Participants will have the opportunity to perform their original poems or prose pieces. It’s not just about the words; it’s about the performance! Get ready to captivate the audience with your delivery. Here’s how the event will unfold:

Open Mic Session: We’re kicking off the evening with an open mic session that invites all participants to take the stage and share their poetry or prose. This is a casual and inclusive segment, perfect for those who want to test the waters, gain some experience, or simply share their work without the competitive aspect. There’s no judging in this phase; it’s all about self-expression and community.

Competitive Rounds: Following the open mic session, we move into the competitive phase of the Poetry and Prose Slam. In these three competitive rounds, participants will have the chance to perform their original poems and prose pieces with the aim of impressing our judges and the audience. Your performance, both in terms of the content and delivery, will be evaluated. A minimum of three pieces will be required. Separate prizes for poetry and prose will be awarded!

Rules

  • No props or accompaniment: Performers should not wear any costumes or use props during their performance. The use of musical instruments, backing tracks, or sound effects is also not permitted.
  • Original Works Only: All pieces performed must be original creations of the participants.
  • Time Limit: Performers are required to adhere to a time limit of five minutes for their performances.
  • Registration Deadline: Participants must register in advance by a specified deadline. Late registrations may not be accepted.

Schedule

4:00 PM - Welcome Speech

  • Explanation of the rules for the poetry and prose slam.
  • Introduction of non-competitive and competitive sign-up sheets for those interested in performing.

4:10 PM - Non-Competitive Open Mic

  • Open stage for poetry and prose performances.

5:30 PM - Competitive Poetry and Prose Slam (3 poems per person)

6:30 PM - Judges Deliberation

  • Judges discuss and decide on the winners.

6:50 PM - Winner Announcement and Closing Ceremony

  • Announcement of the winners.
  • Distribution of prizes.
  • Closing ceremony.

7:00 PM - Event Ends

Alternative Poster for the Prose and Poetry Slam