For the last ten years Will Small has helped inspire and empower students and educators in a diverse range of contexts including public, private and independent schools as well as youth centres, youth justice centres and universities. He has presented for the NSW DET during Education Week and run countless youth workshops with a range of organisations including headspace, The Salvation Army, the Department of Family and Community Services and more. Will also has a background as a qualified Youth Worker and is able to speak on mental health, resilience and forming positive habits. Will specialises in helping students overcome barriers to creative writing and public speaking, empowering them to share their voice authentically in response to the issues they care about deeply.
Talks and Specialty Areas:
•How I accidentally became a poet and discovered poetry could change the world.” Will’s story and creative writing process.
•“Man;Kind” Challenging harmful gender stereotypes and supporting the next generation towards greater inclusion and justice in areas of gender and identity.
•“Leading by Story” Self-awareness and effective communication for student leaders in the making.
•"Filling the Well" Professional Development sessions for educators.
Half-day visit (up to 3 hours)
Residency (3-5 days)
•Complement curriculum outcomes through high quality spoken word poetry workshops. Workshops can be tailored to focus on relevant outcomes in areas such as English, Performing Arts and Wellbeing.
• Collaborate with students to create original, high quality spoken word pieces that explore and promote a core value of the school. These could be shared across the broader school community through a spoken word video, podcast recording/s and/or an in-school poetry slam facilitated by Will!
• Present a living example of a creative career path integrating the arts with community leadership and using spoken word poetry to address significant societal issues.
Video: 'For Leo.' A poem performed by Will Small for his son Leo at 'Poetic Justice' produced by Lead by Story in collaboration with The Art House and She the Change.