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Creative Writing, Memory in Poetry & Creative Non-Fiction  Flyer
Instructor: Jenna McCoy  Meeting Location: the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College

Date Time Instructor & Participant Meeting Notes................................................

1/4/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 Jenna featured in Press of Atlantic City Article

 2/1/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

Kit Lok Reports: group met on Saturday Feb 1 - the SCOSA workshops classes have garnered such a strong following, 10 of the ladies showed up on a very cold SJ Saturday to share their writings and help each other with constructive critique, despite Jenna's absence. Among the attendees were two elderly ladies (more senior then the rest of us Seniors!) - one who is recovering from her second stroke. She shared a short piece on her stroke experiences and recovery and received a warm round of applause from the group.

2/22/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

Kit Lok Reports:  Hi wordsmiths,
Only 6 attended Saturday session. Perhaps the rest of you opted to enjoy the lovely weather before we get blasted with more forecasted cold and snow next week.
As the Stockton classroom has internet connection and a projector, Jenna was able to showed us some great online writing resources (like Brainpickings.org), videos and also projected our submitted writings on the screen for discussion and suggested revisions, which was really neat. Jenna also brought on poet Billy Collins' presentation on TED.
TED is an online program which invites speakers to present "Ideas worth spreading", so you will get to hear some outstanding speeches.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
1. Isabel Allende "Tales of Passion". http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/204 Isabel was one of 4 women selected to carry the flag round the stadium during the Winter Olympics in Italy. She used that as a starting point to talk about the role of women - their marginalization, VAW, women's rights, and to present her feminist viewpoint in a speech that is full of humor, verbal imagery, stories and the personal.
2. "My Stroke of Insight" by an academia/scientist Jill Bolte Taylor. In a very engaging and powerfully moving speech she talked about the experience of her stroke 8 years ago and about the right and left brain. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229
3. An astounding 2006 presentation by academic/doctor/researcher/ Hans Rosling. It may help to wait a few minutes for the whole presentation to download before clicking on it.
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/92
"You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Gosling, debunks myths about the so-called "developing world" using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful."
ENJOY and have a great week. Kit

 3/1/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

Kit Lok Reports:   In Jenna's absence, Meryl Baer and I (both have been with the SCOSA writing series for some time) co-facilitated the 2-hour session. As about half were new students, we started the session with introductions around the room. One lady came from as far as Manahawkin, another from Corbin City. Others were from Mays Landing, Ventnor, as well as the regular students from Galloway, Absecon, etc. There was also a high school student (!) who was rather shy, but we got her to share her views. More than half of the class shared their writing including Steve*, and all received positive feedback and suggestions from the group. Meryl requested the Noyes receptionist to make photocopies of the latest class assignment from Jenna. We also gave the new students Jenna's email so they too can post their homework to her. Additionally, we told them about the two online resources provided by Jenna in the previous class (namely, brainpickings.org and TED Talks). The group discussed possible dates for Jenna's proposed make-up class, which I will coordinate and update in due course if confirmed. Overall, we had a good session and several of the new students commented that they are looking forward to the rest of the series.  
*Meryl commented that it was interesting and a nice change to hear a male voice (writing) after all the sharing from the ladies. We all concurred, so perhaps we could encourage a couple more males to join the class.

 4/12/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 5/10/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 7/12/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 8/9/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 9/27/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 10/25/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 11/22/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 

 12/20/14

10:30am - 12:30pm

 


Tour of Poetry for Seniors  Flyer
Location:   The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield - Registration Required

Participants can look forward to a compelling lecture on poetry and reading from a visiting poet as well as a light luncheon, compliments of Ventura's Offshore Cafe.

Date Time Instructor & Participant Meeting Notes

1/11/14

11:00am - 1:00pm

Barbara Daniels will be speaking on the work involved in getting a book published as well as reading some of her remarkable work to the group.  Kit Lok reports that "It was really interesting and Barbara Daniels provided very useful guidelines and insights about getting published. 8 - 9 attendees who all received a signed copy of her 2008 book of poems Rose Fever. The venue is really nice and Aubrey even managed to arrange for a complimentary lunch from Ventura's Offshore Cafe, a local café. I am looking forward to the other events in the series."

 2/8/14

 

 11:00am - 1:00pm

Guest speaker Tom Chin will show a short film. We will discuss the portrayal of artists, specifically poets in film and pop culture.  Register

 3/8/14

 11:00am - 1:00pm

Kit Lok Reports; Poet David Worrell provided printouts of poems featured in the program. Accompanied by recorded music, he recited some of his own poems, and other poets' including Alfred Lord Tennyson. With Aubrey's help (as sound 'technician') he also shared recordings of readings from Philly's Poetry Slam and NYC hip-hop style poets whom I found the most interesting. We enjoyed a delicious lunch compliments of Ventura Café again. SCOSA Director, David Burdick provided input on SCOSA's ongoing educational community programs and future plans, particularly with regards to the Research Fellow for Poetry, and had the opportunity to chat with some participants.  (PS. personally, apart from a few of the recitations, I found it difficult to get into the poems with the distraction of background music. One participant echoed my thoughts when he commented that poetry already has its own rhythm and lyricism when read aloud.) Watch David’s performance in Dante Hall on YouTube.   

 4/5/14

 11:00am - 1:00pm

Kit lok Reports:  Eight participants, plus Aubrey, turned our backs to the beautiful Spring day outside to stay indoors for two hours for the love of poetry! Aubrey facilitated the session. She began by expressing her thanks and appreciation to SCOSA for initiating and organizing the Poetry Tour series and looked forward to its continuance. She told us that SCOSA has received a grant for an upcoming poetry event which would include invited well-known local/regional poets and some workshops. We then did little exercise involving drawing and writing. Aubrey shared with us the wonderful package of published poetry and graphic works she just received from The Seneca Review, which had accepted and published one of her illustrated poetry submissions. The Seneca Review 'collection' gave us all a lot of great new ideas on presenting poetry. We spent the second hour reading and critiquing each other's poetry as well as enjoyed another delicious lunch, compliments of Northfield's Ventura Café. Because there were just nine participants, everyone had a chance to read their work. We all gained a lot from the constructive approach of positive reinforcement and writing tips in the critique session. All too soon, it was time to head out into the welcoming embrace of a sunny South Jersey spring.

 5/24/14

 11:00am - 1:00pm

Guest Poet Joel Dias-Porter will speak on Haiku and Sendryu and read some examples from his poetry. Learn more about Joel Dias-Porter.

6/14/14

11:00am - 1:00pm

Intergenerational Poetry Celebration: Readings from the Seniors Poetry Series mixed with readings from the High School Poetry Workshop Series.