Poetry Workshop with Raina Zelinski Time: Saturdays, 9am-3pm, June 8-29 Instructor: Raina Zelinski Location: NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street ABOUT THIS CLASS Ready to take your journal writing to the next level? Looking to clear your mind and share your wordly observations? Returning to a craft you loved long ago? Need accountability and feedback to bolster your daily practice? Whether you are a seasoned writer or looking to try your hand at something new, this poetry workshop has something to offer anyone interested in the craft of poetry. In this workshop we will learn and practice poetry-generating writing exercises; engage and experiment with three different poetic forms; meet and get feedback from local writers; and participate in a public poetry reading. Schedule (note: schedule and guest artists are subject to change) June 8 9-12 getting to know each other, creating a safe space for critique, introducing and practicing poetry generating exercises 12-1 lunch 1-3 visiting artist: Jerika Marchan: epistolary poems June 15 9-11 workshop epistolary poems with Jerika Marchan 11-12 poetry exercises 12-1 lunch 1-3 visiting artist: Gina Ferrara: list poems June 22 9-3 9-11 workshop list poems with Gina Ferrara 11-12 poetry exercises 12-1 lunch 1-3 visiting artist: Joseph Bienvenu: visual poetry June 29 9-12 workshop visual poems with Joseph Bienvenu 12-1 lunch (set up for poetry reading in a public space or gallery where visual poems are displayed) 1-3 continue preparations of poems and space 3-5 pm public poetry reading and celebration reception REQUIREMENTS No previous experience is required. Students should bring a notebook for writing and something to write with. A laptop or tablet is optional. Students may bring a lunch or visit one of the shops and cafes within walking distance. Enrollment is limited to adults 18 and over. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Raina Zelinski is a life-long New Orleanian, transplanted from Northern Canada when she was but five years old. After studying political science at Tulane University, she received a BA in English from the University of New Orleans and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English (2010) as well as a Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary English (2015). Ms. Z, as she likes to be called, has taught rhetorical writing, creative writing, critical thinking, and literature to students at UNO, SUNO, Dillard University, and has been on the NOCCA faculty since 2016. NOTE A minimum number of students must enroll in this class for it to "make". If fewer students enroll than are necessary, the class will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. If we have to cancel the class, we'll make every effort to notify students at least one week before the first class meeting. WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT By registering for this class ("the Activity"), which is offered by The NOCCA Institute, you represent, covenant, and agree, on behalf of yourself and your heirs, assigns, and any other person claiming by, under, or through you, as follows: 1. You acknowledge that participating in the Activity involves certain risks (some of which you may not fully appreciate), and that injuries, death, property damage or other harm could occur to yourself or others. You accept and voluntarily incur all risks of any injuries, damages, or harm which arise during or result from your participation in the Activity, including any associated travel, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other fault of The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA, and/or its or their departments, trustees, affiliates, employees, officers, agents, or insurers ("Released Parties"). 2. You waive all claims against any of the Released Parties for any injuries, damages, losses, or claims, whether known and unknown, which arise during or result from your participation in the Activity, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any of the Released Parties. You release and forever discharge the Released Parties from all such claims. 3. 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