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The youngest inaugural poet in American history, Amanda Gorman, who has also amassed a sizable following for her creative advocacy, recently initiated a thrilling professional endeavor: teaching a new MasterClass in writing and performing poetry.
Amanda Gorman has a MasterClass on writing and performing poetry pic.twitter.com/BEEXqIu9m4
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“I’m the writer I am today because of the teachers I’ve had who uplifted me. Now, on @MasterClass, I’m so excited to pay what I’ve learned forward and be a resource for anyone who is interested in harnessing the power of poetry,” Gorman wrote beneath an Instagram upload announcing the news.
“You don’t need formal training to write; all you need is curiosity and courage. I hope this class can help you to find your own voice and to become a powerful force of language and change,” she continued.
Gorman also spoke on her MasterClass course in a statement to Girls United.
“Something that keeps me grounded in all that kind of hailstorm of it all is remembering what it felt like to write at seven, eight years old, that understanding that the reason I do what I do isn’t for fame, attention, it’s to make a difference,” she said.
“If I can remind myself about that purpose every single time I pick up the pen, then the heat and intensity of the spotlight is really rendered insignificant because it’s more so me wanting to use that spotlight on issues that matter,” Gorman added.
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On top of learning some handy poetry tips, MasterClass attendees will also get the chance to check out some of Gorman’s never-before-seen brainstorming journals and other intriguing behind-the-scenes privileges.
Amanda Gorman has a Masterclass on poetry! *sigh, guess who is signing up? pic.twitter.com/l1nRHuWqTL
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You can access Gorman’s poetry MasterClass here.