Dare to Enter the Lyricist’s Lab: Spoken Word Course with Janette…ikz and Ezekiel – Sharing My Experience
Above: The creativity-infused trailer for The Lyricist’s Lounge spoken word course
Lyricist’s Lab is an all access online course for individuals seeking to strengthen their skills as spoken word artists and ministers. The course is beginning it’s Summer Session on July 1st, 2013, so if you’re a poet or have any interest at all in using your words to positively influence others, I dare you to invest in your purpose and step into the Lyricist’s Lab…
The course is taught by two passionate artists, Janette…ikz and Ezekiel who have both impacted many lives through the ministry P4CM and other ministries through powerful spoken word pieces that have gotten millions of views on Youtube. Here on Dream in Soul we’ve featured the heartfelt “I Will Wait For You” by Janette…ikz, the raw and real “Almost Saved” by Ezekiel, and a dramatic collaboration about the greatest Love story of all time “Ready or Not.”
Watch Janette…ikz and Ezekiel present the moving piece Ready or Not” below:
I dared to enter the first online course of the Lyricist’s Lab in Spring 2013 and am grateful for the experience. The Lab consists of regular video trainings presented by the instructors (previously filmed in one of their live course semesters) and allows students to learn at their own pace. The sessions are energetic, engaging and fun – I found myself laughing along with the instructors and students at points and my heart being moved when they were transparent about their own weaknesses and experiences.
The classes go in-depth on how one can improve their writing, presentation, delivery and cultivating the right spiritual focus and ministry mindset. It was helpful to see other students in action, growing as the course went on through various exercises. There are also assignments that challenge you to hone your craft and go beyond your own expectations and perceived limitations. I found myself constantly making changes on my poems to explore new territory and journey out of the obvious and ordinary to a more striking place of expression.
When I first entered the Lyricist’s Lab I was a poet who had been writing for self expression for years since I was a little girl. I had only dabbled in speaking my poems aloud and writing spoken word for ministering in live settings. I had begun some spoken word pieces months before but always felt stuck in trying to develop and finish them.
Taking this course was like drinking a refreshing cup of a strawberry-banana energy-boosting smoothie (my fave:) in that it gave me a kick of confidence and a spark that ignited me into action. It was encouraging to get feedback from instructors and other students in the Lab and this motivated me to improve my work continually. I truly believe that God led me to the class at a time of feeling creatively parched and needed a dose of inspiration and guidance. I know that I’m still developing and will continue to challenge myself after the course to stretch and grow both artistically and spiritually.
Below is part of a poem I concocted and was able to work on in the Lab:
More About the Lyricist’s Lab
Christian spoken word is on the rise and the world is in high demand for poets that are able to present a clear and strong message that can reach them. This course is strategically designed to build a community of poets all over the word that are not only passionate but skilled to speak life into a dying generation.
Lyricist’s Lab is a 12 week course that is divided into two main components; Writing and Presentation.
Instructors Janette…ikz and Ezekiel are digging deep to sharpen students towards their apex. The instructing poets have traveled the world and gained countless opportunities from using this tool of spoken word and you are not an exception!
This will be priceless experience for students that are serious about growing.
What are YOU waiting for? Visit http://lyricistslab.com to step into this unique incubator of powerful, poetic growth!
Katy Coffman also known as Oraia presents a powerful spoken word piece “Death Could Not Exist In The Same Skin As HIM” recorded as part of the Easter Production recorded at Christ Tabernacle in New York City. Her passionate delivery paints the story of a Savior who could not be held down by death – and it’s because of His resurrection that we also can come alive.
For more info on Oraia and her ministry, visit www.oraiaspeaks.com.
Dream in Soul Creative Expressions: Never Give Up – Dreams Bring Fruit in Due Season, A Message to Inspire
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap a harvest, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
What will you do this year to make a leap toward our purpose? I wanted to share this message from my heart and a poem I wrote above entitled “Dreams in Due Season” to encourage you to keep going where ever you are on your journey…
So many of us start out life dreaming in wide-eyed wonder – then life happens and leaves us in a dazed slumber. We face disappointments, discouragement and detours…and we get practical.
We become sleepwalkers, settling for the ordinary because the dreams we had seem too lofty, too out of reach. My journey has been similar; throughout the years I’ve had great visions yet often get lost in loneliness and and weary when the dreams don’t always grow the way I imagined.
I want to encourage you today to arise, shine and bring those dreams back to life. Everyone was born with purpose and no one’s purpose is more important than another’s. There are dreams in your heart that were planted there for a reason to impact the world – we all miss out if you don’t water them.
My dream is to inspire you to realize and pursue the importance of your purpose.
What’s your dream? What vision or passion have you set aside for the more practical and everyday cares of life?
I dare you to nourish the seeds of those dreams, nuture them back to health and bring them to the Light – one step guided by God is like a leap and can take you further and higher than you can go on your own.
Share your aspirations, and the dreams you want to accomplish this year and in the future in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
God bless, and keep dreaming and nurturing the dreams in your heart – Dear Dreamer, the world awaits!
- Julene “Dreamfleur” Fleurmond
Editor of DreaminSoul.com
P.S. Click here to read the story behind this poem and about a dream that has recently begun to come to fruition for me…
The Passion for Christ Movement presented this amazing and moving scene at their event called RHETORIC. It merges poetry with theater and retells the greatest love story of all time – of Christ who is coming back for a bride without spot wrinkle or blemish. This piece is by P4CM poets Ezekiel and Janette…ikz who ask you if you’ll be “Ready or Not” for that day…
All to often, we try to do the cleaning and the planning when we Christ should take the lead. With Him at the helm, the wedding day will be just as it should be… all for His glory.
The RHETORIC will be happening again this year on July 6, 2012. You can get tickets at the P4CM website here.
Below, check out another poem, “I Will Wait for You” that was made popular at RHETORIC, from P4CM’s Janette…ikz who talks about why she is waiting for the love that God has for her life: