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30 March, 2011

CaPoWriMo 2

It's April!

Time to do our second CaPoWriMo. (See last year's post for more history.)

We'd like you to commit to writing 30 poems this April. Post them wherever you like. Link back here if you want to, or to NaoPoWriMo if you prefer. You could post and then tweet (hashtag #CaPoWriMo) or just do it the old fashioned way and scribble lines down in a note book.

Just write.

If that's enough for you, go ahead, post, and happy writing!

But if, like many of us, you need a prompt or an exercise to give you direction and momentum, read on.

We — or rather, Annie — have mini 30 exercises for you.

We'll be posting them here, one each day.

You can come back, read the prompt for the day, then go away and write a poem or three. (And if you like, come post a link (or the whole poem if you choose) in the comments of the post that prompted it.

Or if you want more choice in your hands, you could go to our Facebook group, where we'll be posting all the prompts all at once in the Discussion area, and choose the ones you like, when you like. Again, you can, if you like, post the poems, or links to them, in reply to the discussion threads that prompted them.

All clear?


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24 March, 2011

Caferati @ Habitat Open Mic starts March 25th!

Delhi folks, the Caferati @ Habitat Open Mic series kicks off 25 March, and from then on, every last Friday of the month, for as long as you continue to support it and Habitat continues to host!

India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi,
25th March, 19:00 - 22:00

Facebook event page & Tweetable shortened link for the event:

* Entry Free *

The rules:
- You must perform only your own writing.
- You can perform one piece for a maximum of two minutes. Your time starts the moment you come to the microphone; any introduction or preamble is part of your time slot.
- Only solo or duo performances; no groups please. Duos can only perform collaborative works authored by both performers.
- Works performed can be in any of the languages used in the National Capital Region
- You can recite, declaim, shout, even sing (if you can hold a tune); you can sit, stand or lie down; you can dance, turn a cartwheel, play a musical instrument, or scratch your back while standing on your head, as long as you perform your words.
- When the moderator tells you your time is up, please leave the microphone immediately.
- Genres: No restriction. Poetry, scripts, stories, songs, it’s all good.
- Prohibited: Foul language, explicit sexual imagery, slander, anything that flouts the laws of India.
- No nudity. Yes, you can use costumes and make-up if you like.
- There will be up to 25 slots of up to 2 minutes each.
- To get a slot, simply sign up with the moderator before the start; first come, first served .
- Please show the text of what you plan to perform to the moderator, and/or describe your performance. This is not about censorship; it is to guard against infringement of the rules.

Boring but necessary legalities:
- There are no prizes, no performance fees, no reimbursement of expenses.
- You retain ownership of your work, but you give Habitat and Caferati permission to photograph or recording your performance for display on their websites, with attribution to you. (Should you wish to be excluded from being photographed or recorded, please inform any photographers / camerapersons / recordists present.)
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