The Mid North Coast Writers' Centre presents...

Will Small and Olivia Wolfe

Will Small

Using your voice as a poetic force for good

Date: Saturday 26 June 2021

Time: 9 am – 12 pm (morning tea provided)

Venue: Rotary Community Centre, 198 Hastings River Drive Port Macquarie NSW.

Cost: $25 per person


This workshop looks at developing a writing practice that is transformative for yourself and the world around you.

Biggie said, ‘We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.’ A creative writing practice has the potential to do both, connecting us with our inner world, building our self-awareness muscles, and allowing us to engage meaningfully in the most pressing conversations our society needs to have. This workshop will teach you how to engage more deeply in self-awareness and self-reflection through practical creative writing tools, and then help you to craft creative pieces that speak with poetic urgency to the areas you long to see change.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Learn foundations of a daily creative writing practice
  • Learn strategies for overcoming self-judgment and doubt
  • Learn creative techniques for exploring complex issues with nuance and passion

Learn how to embody and perform your written work as a spoken word performance.

Level of writing Beginners – Advanced

Will Small

Will has been writing and performing poetry and running workshops for over 10 years. He wrote an English thesis for his BA (Hons) exploring the intersection between hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and the attitudes of Australian high school students towards poetry. He has worked with students in schools across Australia, and has delivered creative communication workshops and content for organisations including Headspace, Central Coast Council, NSW DET, Compassion Australia, and many others. Will has published two books of poetry, All Things New and Poetic Beings. He describes himself as a socially geared creative communicator, and through his business Lead by Story, helps organisations design and deliver impacting creative content, such as podcasts, videos, and presentations for the purpose of achieving positive social outcomes.

Olivia Wolfe

Social Justice & Slam Poetry: How to use your voice for change

Date: Saturday 24 July 2021

Time: 9 am – 12 pm (morning tea provided)

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cost: $25 per person


See things in the world that you would like to change? Have emotions and experiences that are sometimes hard to express?

Learn how to create pieces of slam poetry through this workshop, as we explore what makes this genre so powerful and see first-hand that everyone can write and perform good poetry, no matter the prior experience.

Olivia Wolfe partners with the Mid North Coast Writers’ Centre to bring you this workshop.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Introduction to the form
  • Background history / Information
  • Examples of Slam Poetry
  • Performance skills (if applicable)
  • Exercises and evidence of learnt skills

Level of Writing Beginners – Intermediate

 Olivia Wolfe

Olivia Wolfe is a Central Coast based poet, writer, and student of all things literature. Olivia is currently studying her honours in creative writing and undertaking a creative project and exegesis surrounding Australian Magical Realism. Olivia was a state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2020 and is passionate about using her voice for social change.

Will Small & Roje Ndayambaje

Date: Saturday 21 August 2021

Time: 5 pm – 7.30 pm

Venue: The Studio at the Glasshouse, Clarence Street Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Tickets  $45 for Glasshouse Members $50 Adults $25 Students (10 – 17) ($5 from each ticket sold goes to Headspace Port Macquarie)

WARNING – swear words may be used during the performance

Performance Registration $15 (Limit 20) Those performing on the night do not have to also purchase an attendee ticket.

Transaction fees may apply…


This project is supported by the Coummunity Grants Program provided by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Join Spoken Word poets Will Small & Roje Ndayambaje for this first-of-its-kind event in held Port Macquarie. Make Waves Poetry Slam celebrates a voice for social change via performance poetry. Our aim is to shine a light on this art form with this inaugural event. 

The event is open to poets in Australia who can register and perform on the night. This is an opportunity to perform alongside well-known Spoken Word poets, and give voice to a cause or social change you’re passionate about, without the pressure of a competition.

This is our main fundraising event for 2021 and is the vision of local poet and MC for the night, Josh Moses. For this fundraising event, we seek sponsors. We also see this as an opportunity to give back to the community with $5 from each ticket sold donated to Headspace Port Macquarie.


Will Small

Will Small

Will Small is a refreshing and thoughtful Australian voice; poetically fusing together influences in philosophy, literature and hip-hop, to communicate in a unique and powerful way. His writing is informed by faith, doubt, fatherhood and a relentless desire to ask better questions, tell better stories and inspire a fresh collective narrative where no voice is forgotten or left out. Will is the author of All Things New, and Poetic Beings Will also runs Lead by Story, helping individuals and organisations to nail their message and make every word count through workshops, content development and speaking engagements.

Roje Ndayambaje

Roje Ndayambaje

Roje Ndayambaje was born in Congo and raised in Uganda in a Rwandan family. His poetry is marked by each of these places and a deep love for Africa. Roje writes and performs poetry to share the story of his people and encourage others to find and share their own. Roje has performed Spoken Word at numerous events including the Australian Poetry Slam Newcastle Heats, Poetic Justice, Art Bender Newcastle, Soul Lounge (Adelaide) and is a SpeakUP favourite. He has supported Luka Lesson and collaborated with Will Small and Manal Younus. Roje’s storytelling abilities and soulful poetry will leave you changed after hearing it

Fundraising Beneficiary

We are proud to align with Headspace Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie offers young people 12-25 FREE  mental health support & general health advice. Our team include psychologists, social workers, youth workers & GPs.

People come to headspace for many reasons- fights with family/friends, concerns about bullying, relationships, mental health issues (such as depression or anxiety), problems at school/work,  physical & sexual health concerns or issues with alcohol & drugs.

This project is supported by the Community Grants Program provided by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

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