My deepest respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, to their elders past, present and emerging.
I acknowledge that this is, and always will be, Aboriginal land and sovereignty was never ceded.

From writing to performance, Speak Up is a 12-week journey through the depths and power of the self through Spoken Word.

Harness your creativity and step into the power of speaking your truth using this dynamic art form.

SpeakUP has been running for 11 years and seen amazing success with students going on to speak on stages across the world.

This 12-week version incorporates deeper storytelling techniques and expanded opportunities.


Come out of this course with:

  • Confidence in public speaking and creative writing
  • A collection of freshly written poetry
  • Stage ready
  • Performance Experience to multiple live audiences
  • Communication and confidence skills that are transferrable both on and off the stage
  • A community of co-writers and performers
  • A professional video of a live performance piece
  • Professional Photos of you performing

Take the stage & speak your truth.

Shine without fear of your own light, be Creative, Vulnerable and Radically Authentic…. no matter how many people are watching you.

Feb 2024 enrollment SOLD OUT

March 2024 enrollment OPEN

August 2024 enrollment OPEN

Who is SpeakUP for?

Are you wanting to:

  • Build your confidence
  • Embrace your creativity
  • Develop effective, authentic communication skills
  • Write
  • Take your first steps, or expand your current skills with Spoken Word Poetry
  • Speak your truth with more power and presence

    This program is also suitable if you are:

    • Lacking confidence with public speaking
    • A first time performer
    • An experienced performer
    • A secret note-book poet
    • An occasional public speaker/class facilitators
    • A spoken word performer wanting to deepen your impact and sharpen your skills

     What to Expect

    This 12-week course will support you to write, develop, master, and present a spoken word performance. You will write multiple pieces over the 12 weeks, edit and craft them for performance.

    Using exercises and games, Fleassy Malay guides the group to find their own words and their own voices culminating in a Spoken Word public performance night on week 12. There is a focus on supporting each student to develop their own unique stage presence.

    Students will also experience the set up, production, and promotion of a public event.


    What you get:

    • 10 weekly, in-person, group classes
    • 2 Public performance opportunities (week 6 and 12)
    • Opportunity for personalised mentorship during these classes
    • SpeakUP journal
    • A guided and supportive process
    • SpeakUP certificate
    • A community of supportive peers
    • A professional video of your performance
    • Professional Photographs of your performance

      Upcoming Course Details

    Feb 1st – April 18th SOLD OUT

    March 4th – May 20th Fitzroy OPEN

    August 8th – Oct 31st Fairfield OPEN

    6:30pm – 9:30pm.
    Thursday evenings for 12 weeks.


    March: The Fitzroy Art Collective
    66 cecil Street, Fitzroy, 3065

    Febuary & August: The Coracle
    Fairfield Uniting Church, 87 Gillies St, Fairfield VIC 3078

    SpeakUP Immersive 12 Week course:

    Full $1200
    Early Bird* $1050
    Cons $1090

    Mentorship Package:
    (Course plus 5 private coaching sessions)
    Full $1635

    Payment Plans available
    deposit + 2 payments of $500
    deposit + 4 payments of $250
    deposit + 6 payments of $167
    *EARLY BIRD PRICE! The early bird price is available until April 20th 2023.

    (We ask for a deposit of $250 for the course to secure your place. This is non-refundable if you change your mind but will be refunded if the courses is cancelled due to COVID. The rest of the course fees can be paid at any point before the final night of your course.)

    Financial Inclusion: There is always one place available via Scholarship application reserved for someone who is not in a position to afford the course. If you are wanting to attend but cant afford the full price, please reach out and we can discuss options. Please email for details.

    Class Overview

    Letting Go

    • Course Introduction
    • Techniques to access writing
    • Writing exercises
    • Overcoming the blocks that prevent us from showing up to the page/stage

    Making an Impact

    • Beginning to speak our words
    • Writing exercises
    • Speaking as gift giving
    • Writing as a gateway to our truths
    • Experienceing the impact of words well spoken

    Being Seen

    • Beginning to take the stage
    • Expression and emphasis
    • Honesty on stage
    • The 3 positions of communication

    Owning Space

    • Stage presence
    • Connecting to the Audience
    • Workshoping our performances


    • Writing exercises
    • Not appologising on stage
    • Refining our performances

    Final Performance

    • Class drop in/celebration
    • mid-course performance to small invited live audience
    • Certificate awarding

    Authentic Characters

    • Performance reflection
    • Understanding character
    • Playing with character and improvisations
    • Adding character to spoken word

    World Building for Captivation

    • World building as a concepts
    • Understanding the 5 worlds
    • Exploring the 5 worlds
    • Workshopping our performance

    Story Telling Techniques

    • Levels and plains
    • Revisiting character, worlds, and levels together
    • Workshopping our performance

    Workshopping and Refinning

    • Applying tools
    • Workshopping each other
    • Developing the performance

    Workshopping and Refinning

    • Applying tools
    • Workshopping each other
    • Developing the performance
    • Final Preperation

    Final Performance

    • Group drop-in
    • Performance Event
    • Certificate Awarding

    “I met myself on stage and she was glorious. Thank you a million times”

    Bel Wilson

    Course Participant

    Additional Opportunities

    Full Mentorship Program (Limited Places Available)

    The full mentorship program includes everything within the SpeakUP course, plus 5 private coaching sessions (Virtual or in-person in Heidelberg Heights). These sessions can be used to supplement your progress within SpeakUP or they can be used to support you to apply the techniques learnt in SpeakUP to an external project eg. a book you are writing, a performance you are developing, your general career.

    This mentorship program gives you all the goodies offered to the main SpeakUP community with the added benefit of very personalised coaching and development support. It is designed to catapult your journey and deepen your personal/professional growth.


    Private Sessions

    Individual private coaching sessions are also available to book as add ons. These are idea if you would like a little more personalised mentorship, or if you would like extra support in specific areas of your writing and performance journey. These sessions are held online or in-person in Heidelberg Heights.

    About Your Facilitator

    Fleassy Malay


    Two times TEDx speaker and viral poet, Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist, speaker and coach. A global advocate for Women’s and LGBTQI+ rights and a fierce voice for the power of authenticity and courage as a social change tool.
    She is the founder of Melbourne’s acclaimed NFP organisation and Women’s Spoken Word event, Mother Tongue. A passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest performer who’s words leave a profound impression. 

    With over a decade of experience coaching public speaking and spoken word, Fleassy has also worked alongside many organisations to train and educate around confidence and speaking. Some of these organisations include: Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health, Minus18, Banyule City Council, Boroondara City Council, Bega High School, Red Tent Australia, and The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

    Alongside running their own programs Fleassy currently works as an educator for the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria coaching Doctors, Nurses, Surgeons, and Clinical Staff in Communicating With Confidence; a program she co-developed.

    Fleassy is an award winning performer who has performed internationally at various events and with various organisations including: The National Poetry Slam (USA), Splendour in The Grass (AU), The National Folk Festival (AU), Seven Sisters Festival (AU), Rainbow Serpent Festival (AU), The Glastonbury Goddess Conference (UK), Women’s Impact Network (Las Vegas, USA), The Doula Conference (AU), Dumbo Feather (AU), Melbourne Writers Festival (AU).

    Notes on venue, accessibility etc

    Getting there:

    Firfield: The venue is in a hall behind the Fairfield Uniting Church. Enter via the garden gate on Duncan Street.
    It is a 4 minute walk from Fairfield Train Station, and a 2 minute walk from Station Street. Next to the venue is a huge free car park, there is also limited free parking on the street out front.

    Fitzroy: The venue is on Cecil Street in Fitzroy which is accessible via a one way street from Brunswick Street. Brunswick Street has Tram access and there is free parking in the local area from 6pm. 

    Venue Accessibility

    The Coracle, Fairfield: The venue is wheelchair accessible. The access is via a set of double doors and a portable ramp is available. There is also an accessible toilet that you pass through 2 standard sized doors to access.

    The Fitzroy Arts Collective: Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair accessible. There are a few small steps to get into the venue itself at the front door. If you are looking to do this course and need wheelchair access please see my February or August courses which are both in an accessible venue.

    Content Accessibility:

    We do a lot of drama/theatre inspired games which involve moving around the space and interacting with each other in different ways. Participants are encouraged to meet each exercise in what ever way is most suitable for their body/emotions and there is no obligation.

    The nature of poetry and spoken word is that people often talk about things that have a high emotional content in them. Although I have 10 years experience in holding spaces like this, I am not a trained therapist or psychologist. I encourage students to care for their own mental health and students are welcome to step out of the space any time they need. A class assistant will be on hand to check in on any student who might need it, make them a cup of tea or take them outside to the garden for a moment. It is important to note the class assistant is also not a trained therapist, they are there as a caring and supportive peer.

    If English is not your first language you are still very welcome in the course. I have had many multi-lingual students in the past and you are encouraged to write or perform in what ever language feels most suitable for you. However all course content and mentoring will be presented in English.

    Voice to text software to write is not appropriate in the space due to the room being small and in silence when we do the group writing exercises. Past participants have chosen to use phones or laptops for their writing instead of pen and paper, participants are welcome to use whatever format is most supportive of their writing. 

    A huge element of the program is voice and vocal use as well as assessing and unpacking how we use our bodies when we feel like we are being watched. I have had students in the past with occasional vocal ticks, restricted body movement and people who use wheelchairs or crutches in the course before and the content has not been a problem for them. I have not had any experience of working

    with Deaf students, however if this course interests you and you want to talk about access and how we can incorporate an Auslan Interpreter please reach out and we can see what is possible.

    This specific program may not be suited to people who have a lot of involuntary movement or vocal expression; a lot of the content may be more challenging or less supportive for your performance journey.

    However, I’m always very keen and willing to learn, support and explore with participants with their unique requirements so please do contact me if you have any questions around accessibility.


    All genders are welcome to participate in this course. Participants over 16 only. This is an LGBTQI+ friendly space, if this does not suit your world views, I advise you to not attend.

    If you have specific needs or questions around inclusivity, accessibility, movement, hearing or voice then please contact me directly and I will be happy to give you an overview of the content of the course to see if it will be appropriate for you.

    For enquiries and more information please contact me.


    Nothing short of transformative. Incredibly affirming, confidence building, fun, reflective, informative and well facilitated and presented.

    Jo Podlesak

    Course Participant

    I did not anticipate how impactful this learning was going to be on my practice, my ability and my relationship with myself. 

    Ana Constantinou

    Course Participant

    SpeakUP is a place to find your voice, your courage, your tenderness, your audacity and a whole bunch of beautiful new poet friends!

    Ana Constantinou

    Course Participant

    Fleassy is a phenomenal facilitator and each exercise undertaken built well on top of the previous ones, and there was a thoughtful flow throughout.

    Kate Chilley

    Course Participant

    A truly forever experience.

    World class coaching by the insightful Fleassy Malay.

    Inbal Rodnay Steinberg

    Course Participant