The aim of this class is to use
poetry as a tool to think about our lives and explore how poetry can help us
live more wisely. Through writing, reflecting and sharing, participants will
get in touch with their creativity and will come to better know themselves and
Course Length & Description:
4 sessions : April 21 - May 12. (9-10:30 pm)
In this course, students will reflect on four different topics – each one deeply related to everyday living. In advance of each session, students will write a poem reflecting on that week’s particular theme.
In the sessions themselves, the instructor will facilitate a series of writing, reflecting and sharing exercises on our theme, and then participants will spend the latter part listening to each other’s pre-written poems, in small groups and in the big group.
The course follows a very specific thematic arc.
Our first session focuses broadly on happiness, as we reflect together on what happiness means to us and on what places/ people/ experiences tend to bring us happiness.
Our second session focuses on fear and the ways in which fear can often shrink us and make happiness quite elusive.
Our third session focuses on courage and on how we perhaps can push back against things that make us afraid.
And then our final session is focused on gratitude – and how noticing all that we have can be helpful in cultivating happier lives.
This course will help participants become more comfortable sharing and opening up. It will also give participants opportunities to improve their active listening skills, and will introduce them to a few new mindfulness practices aimed at cultivating gratitude, happiness, and courage.
will be a powerful opportunity for community building and reflection. As a
function of that, it demands of students a readiness to actively participate.
Who can apply?
- Poets aged between 18 - 35.
- Participants must be proficient in the English language.
- Participants must have time to write every week a poem exploring the weekly theme.
- The Olive Writers alumni and international students are eligible to apply.
How to apply?
- Fill out the application form below before April 18 (midnight).
- In the form, you will be asked to submit the following writing assignment:
About the instructor:
Ari Satok is an author, speaker, and educator, who believes in the power of stories to make the world a better place.|
Ari grew up in Toronto, Canada. He is a magna cum-laude graduate of Princeton University. Following his graduation, he received a grant to embark on a year-long storytelling project, through which he traveled to international high schools all around the world, interviewing young people from dozens of countries on a mission to capture their powerful stories.
He received a follow up grant to turn his project into a book. The book, titled The Architects of Hope, captures, through poems written by Ari, the stories of sixteen of these young people, all related to the theme of hope.
Since publishing his first book, Ari has given talks and led workshops related to the book in a wide range of different communities. He has presented to audiences domestically and abroad, including college groups (at schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown), high school and middle school groups, seniors' residences, and non-profit groups. His talks celebrate the beauty of diversity and the power of young people to impact their own communities.
Ari has also taught courses on storytelling and social justice and leads a weekly writing workshop at a New York City seniors' residence.
There is no cost for participation in the program.
Certificates of completion will be given to the participants at the end of the program.