Stuart’s Opera House to Host FREE Poetry Out Loud Workshop

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Are you looking for free ways to enrich your high school poetry curriculum and meet your Common Core and NCTE benchmarks at the same time?

In need of a new approach to engaging indifferent teenagers?

Interested in providing a public speaking experience for your students that deepens their grasp of language and offers them the opportunity to earn prize money?

In search of a worthwhile activity that demonstrates your own community involvement?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please come to a Poetry Out Loud Teacher Training Workshop this fall! Poetry Out Loud is a free high school poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and offered in partnership with state arts agencies nationwide. It has a pyramid structure, beginning at the classroom level and culminating in a national competition with large prizes. Teachers register for the program, and their students choose poems to memorize and recite from a huge online anthology of great poetry. The program helps introduce students to our shared literary heritage in poetry while giving them public speaking experience and increasing their self-confidence.

Our workshop presenters will share their expertise on using POL in the classroom, including how to launch the program, organize a contest, engage students, and coach them toward their best performance. Certificates will be provided for workshop participants to claim CEU credits.

Stuart’s Opera House will host a FREE training workshop for all past, current, and prospective Poetry Out Loud teachers in Nelsonville, Ohio on Wednesday, October 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at 52 Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio Register for the workshop by contacting Emily Prince, POL’s regional coordinator, at 740-753-1924 or We encourage advance registration but walk-ins are welcome. The workshop venue is ADA accessible – check with Emily if you have questions. Registration for Poetry Out Loud is open to all Ohio high schools at For more information on the national program, visit