SLAM CAMP with Poets Out Loud

Summer writing and performance intensive for teens.

The right words in the right order can change the world.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton.

SLAM CAMP takes your creative passions to the next level. You will learn how to write, recite, and transform your original work, as well as collaborate with a team to stage a showing for friends and family. You will work with some of the region’s best performing writers including comedian Mandy Nolan, musician Mitch King, and Poets Out Loud director Sarah Temporal.

Over 3 days, we will explore different styles of performed writing, from poetry to hip-hop, team slam to monologues, storytelling, comedy, and more. Learn enhanced communication through literary devices, rhythm and flow, and intentional use of voice and body. Find your tribe of like-minded creatives to develop and extend your practice together. Participants are provided a safe and supportive space to articulate their perspectives and experiences, transforming them into powerful poetry or spoken-word.

SLAM CAMP is open to anyone aged 12-18 with an interest in creative writing or performance, no experience needed. Best of all it’s FREE! Registration essential as places are limited.


Workshop days:

Tuesday 16 Jan, 9am- 3pm

Friday 19 Jan, 9am- 3pm

Tuesday 23 Jan, 9am- 3pm


Tuesday 23 Jan, 6pm-8pm

About the director:

Sarah Temporal is a prize-winning performance poet, writer, and regional arts producer, who loves empowering people of all ages through the spoken word. She is the winner of The Bunker Slam 2021, is published in Best of Australian Poems, and has performed poetry everywhere from Nimbin Rocks to Sydney Writers Festival. Sarah has connected with hundreds of young people, delivering masterclasses with Byron Writers Festival and Red Room Poetry, and she is the founder and director of the Poets Out Loud Youth Slam.

Special guests:

Mandy Nolan is a stand-up comedian, feminist, activist, mother of five and author who ran for the Greens in Richmond at the last Federal election, narrowly missing out on becoming the MP for that electorate. She wants to change the world by changing minds – one joke at a time. Mandy will facilitate 2 sessions at SLAM CAMP.

Mitch King is a Yaegl Bundjalung man from the Far North Coast region of NSW. He is a creative producer specialising in hip hop music and dance and has been working at NORPA as an Associate Producer and Associate Artist since 2014. He is one part of local hip hop group Teddy Lewis King and teaches dance with young people around the region. He has a background in youth work, collaborating with young people on community events and programs. Mitch combines his passion for hip-hop dance and music with theatre, movement and creative writing to connect with people who want to engage with the performing arts. As a workshop leader he develops people’s unique movement and voice within the rhythm and aesthetic of hip hop.

The Venue

The Drill Hall Theatre Company is a community theatre company based on Bundjalung Country in Mullumbimby, NSW. From this tiny theatre space we bring great Australian stories to life. See more:

Poets Out Loud SLAM CAMP is part of the Holiday Break program supported by the Office for Regional Youth in partnership with Create NSW..