Happy fall!

I am writing with some news about our annual First Amendment Event and with the lineup of Loeb School workshops this fall.

First, the news:
You may know that the school sponsors a major event each fall to honor the First Amendment and a NH person or organization that goes above and beyond in standing up for its guarantees of Free Speech and Free Press. (There are three other freedoms in the First Amendment. Do you know them? Read to the bottom)

This year’s event is on Nov. 19 at the Palace Theatre. Guest speaker is Fox Business anchor and New Hampshire native Trish Regan. Trish joins a long list of notable national media and political figures who have donated their appearances at the First Amendment Event to support the school.

The First Amendment recipient is the late Dr. William ‘Ed’ Kois, the Veterans Administration doctor whose disclosures about poor conditions and treatment at the VA Medical Center in Manchester led to system-wide changes there and a review of conditions at VA facilities around the country. Dr. Kois died this summer.

Quill & Ink Award Recipient: David Tirrell-Wysocki, Executive Director, Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years at the school as an instructor, curriculum coordinator and executive director.

This event is the school’s only fundraiser. Sponsors and ticket sales help us continue to offer free classes and inexpensive workshops. Tickets are $50 for the awards event alone and $100 for the event and a reception. They are available here or by calling 603-668-5588.

There still is space in both of these popular fall workshops:

October 19 – Nature Photography – Geoff Forester (9-3:30)
Join the NH Press Association’s Photographer of the Year, Geoff Forester, for a morning of instruction, a field trip to the nearby Audubon Society Center and an afternoon of sharing photos. Great photo tips that will improve your photography of nature an everything else. $60, including lunch. Register here.

October 25 (new date) – Media Skills Boot Camp – Mike Nikitas (9-3:30)
Former NECN anchor Mike Nikitas of Nikitas Communications offers a fun day of instruction for those who interact with the media to help spread the message about their business or organization. Mike knows what reporters are looking for in an interview and can help you develop your message and stick to it in an interview. $60, including lunch. Register here.

And a bonus:

Oct. 26 – Sustenance and Voice: A Poetry Workshop with Hope Jordan

Meals are our culture and sustenance; they are both spiritually and physically necessary. In celebration of the harvest season, this introductory workshop encourages participants to explore their connections to food through poetry. By reading and writing poems about, for example, an eggplant or a dumpling, we can discover new truths about who we are in relation to our families, our friends, our past and our present. In this workshop, we will use recipes, memories and sensory perceptions to generate food-related poetic language. Participants will be encouraged to take chances with their writing, and they will be guided to provide feedback to others as a way to help each poem achieve its own excellence. This workshop is designed for writers at any level, but new writers are especially encouraged to register.

Hope Jordan is a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at UMass Boston, where she taught The Art of Poetry for two years and where she won the 2018 Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize. Hope was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire.
9 am-3 pm $60. To register, call the school at 603-627-0005.

*In addition to freedom of speech and the press, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, peaceful assembly and the right to petition the government to address grievances.

See you in class,

David Tirrell-Wysocki
Executive Director