GET ON THE MIC WITH US!
So you want to know how to get on the mic? The wonderful thing about our scene is that there are plenty of opportunities to share your poems. Pay attention as our shows fluctuate between open mics, closed mics, slams and more.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE WAN ACADEMY
(Write About Now’s virtual writing classes)?
WANA is a year long schedule of instructor-facilitated virtual writing classes that meet every month online. Every month we are offering writing workshops facilitated by some of the most talented poets from all across the globe. Most workshops will be generative in nature, giving you the tools you need to continue to grow as a writer and artist. Or if you’re just looking for accountability in writing, it is an opportunity to write and learn each month. Learn more about our classes at wanpoetry.com/classes. Learn more or sign up to become a member at wanpoetry.com/members
How Does an
Open Mic Work?
Our poetry open mics are open to everyone. You are given the opportunity to read one poem under 4 minutes! Our sign up list is available for sign up at the show.
Sign ups will be available only once doors open. Sometimes a line starts to form before doors open, so you may want to get there a little bit earlier as our open spots fill up fast!
If you don't get a spot that night, we do our best to guarantee you a spot the next show if possible when you put your name on the list. Just make sure to show up a little earlier the next time!
If you sign up for our membership, you get a discount to all of our Houston shows when you wait to pay at the door. If you plan on attending at least twice a month, you save money and get more access to cool perks and programming designed to help you write and share more poetry.
HOW DOES A POETRY SLAM WORK?
Signing up for our poetry slams works the exact same way as our regular open mics; however, they function a little differently. A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience.
Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance. The high score and the low score are dropped and the rest are added to give the poet their score for that round. The scores are added across the rounds and a final score it tallied and the top 3 scores win cash prizes.
Sometimes a line to sign up starts before doors open, so you may want to get there a little bit earlier as our open spots fill up! If you don't get a spot that night, we do our best to accommodate you with a spot the next show if possible. Just make sure you show up a little earlier the next show!
Become a member and receive exclusive discounts to all Houston poetry events. If you plan on attending a show at least twice a month, you'll save more than you spend each month and get access to awesome services.
If you don't live in or near Houston, you can still access cool programming like our writing challenges, monthly instructor facilitated writing workshops and more. Just head over to our memberships page to learn more and get started today.
Even if you don't use the services, being a member is a great way to support our efforts in the arts. The more members we get, the more services we can provide.