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Big Class Open House October 10/Book Releases October 23
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Big Class Writer-in-Residence Rhodesia Jackson works with her students from ARISE Academy during a visit to the Big Class Studio.  Big Class's Writers-in-Residence are talented wordsmiths engaging with youth in school-based after-school programs.  The first collection of writing from the Writers-in-Residence program will be a part of our book release party on October 23 in Press Street's Antenna Gallery.

Dear Big Classmates,


It's the beginning of October, the breeze is cool and the sun is shining, and so if you pass by 3718 St. Claude Ave. during Open Studio or our upcoming workshops you can expect to see Big Class students sitting outside with journals and notebooks, contemplating the majesty of New Orleans.   Or the Titanic.  There's been an odd amount of writing about the Titanic lately...

You can keep up with the latest Big Class writing about the Titanic, endangered species, crabs, sushi castles, and more at the brand new bigclass.org.  Apparently, you can also keep up with us in The Times-Picayune, as they just ran a wonderful story about us.

While we're deeply appreciative of the Times-Picayune, the newspaper we're most excited about these days is The Sci High Times, the brand new student newspaper at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.  Their first issue reached readers last week with cover stories about racial profiling and the basketball team, and the buzz on issue two has already begun.

We can't wait.

Happy reading and writing,

Big Class

Open House on Thursday!


We're holding an Open House this Thursday, October 10 from 5:30-7:30 at 3718 St. Claude Ave. to help students sign up for Open Studio and Workshops, and to help everyone learn more about our free programs!
 
Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  Whether you're a student, parent, educator, or potential volunteer, there's a place for you in Big Class. 

Publication Party!


On October 23, Big Class will publish Juicy Juicy Juicy (food writing), The Newspaper/The Riverside Port-Reveler (a real and fake newspaper), The Way You Say It (jazz explorations in poetry and visual art), and a soon to be named collection of writing from our Writers-in-Residence programs at Encore Academy and Homer A. Plessy Community School.  Join us from 6:00-7:30 at Press Street's Antenna Gallery to hear our students read and celebrate their amazing work.

Big Class proudly presents two FREE October workshops

The first Big Class workshop of the new school year is Unfathomable Map-Making.  In this free three-session workshop (5:30-7:30 October 14, 15, and 16)  for students ages 14-18, we will explore the beauty of New Orleans by mapping and writing about places of beauty that we treasure.The workshop is inspired by the book Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-authored by workshop leader Rebecca Snedeker.  There are 14 spots open in the workshop. To sign up, register at bigclass.org or stop by 3718 St. Claude Ave. between 12 and 5, Tuesday-Friday. 

In Monster Lab (October 28, 29, 30 from 5:30-7:30 for ages 8-12), students will publish a book featuring stories and “monster profiles” about the monsters they create. Just in time for Halloween, we will explore the world of monsters in journalism and fiction. This workshop is led by longtime Big Class volunteer and resident monster expert Brenda McNary.  There are 14 spots open in the workshop. To sign up, register at bigclass.org or stop by 3718 St. Claude Ave. between 12 and 5, Tuesday-Friday. 

Get involved! 


Interested in becoming a Big Classmate?  Big Class is driven by our volunteer community, and we have space for  everyone from the tutor who can come every day after school to the artists who contribute to our books.  We have three upcoming volunteer trainings which you can sign up for here.  

We are currently in need of an awesome design intern.  Learn more about our internship program here.

Help us renovate our space by supporting The Reading Room 220 Project


Big Class is a program of Press Street, a New Orleans-based 501c3 arts and literary organization and community center.  We are working to make our space more comfortable for our students and more accessible to our community.  Check out The Reading Room 220 Indie Go Go Campaign to watch a video about our work, learn more, and contribute.

Big Class programs are free to all students, and we need your help to keep it that way.

We know there are different ways people like to support Big Class, so we've made it easy with our new web site.  In addition to volunteering, you can donate directly, contribute something from our wish list, purchase a Big Class publication, or become a Press Street member.  

Your contribution will ensure that the number of students we serve continues to grow and that we continue to celebrate the voices of young people in New Orleans.

Big Class's mission is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans' young writers through creative collaborations with schools and communities. We run a writing studio on St. Claude Ave. that hosts free workshops and homework help, and work with schools and teachers to enrich student writing experiences through publishing and volunteer support.  Learn more at bigclass.org.

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