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Fall Workshops at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications  Offer New Skills with In-Person and Online Programs 

MANCHESTER, NH -- Things have changed over the last few months. Granite State organizations are looking for new ways to promote and grow, while individuals are seeking new skills. From Social Media to Photography to Storytelling, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications has four in-person and online workshops now open for registration.


Mount-WashingtonSocial Media--Beyond the Basics  is offered on Friday, September 25, from 9am — 3pm, online. Space is limited to 12 participants. The goal of this workshop is to help small business owners and nonprofits better manage their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Instagram presence. Attendees should have a working knowledge of Facebook Business Pages. Expert instructor Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media will teach attendees how to manage social media marketing time, develop strategies to gain fans, create photos, graphics and videos without professional training and write a social media marketing plan. This class will feature two hours of instruction, individual assignments and time with the instructor to share your work for feedback. Christine Halvorson her company in 2006 to teach businesses how to use social media sites and tools to their strategic advantage.


Non-fiction Storytelling is offered on Friday, October 2, from 9am — 2pm, online. Space is limited to 10 participants. Non-fiction Storytelling is the art of telling true stories and personal experiences that help people connect to each other and address the universal experiences we all share, like falling in love or learning to overcome fears. Nonprofits and businesses know this is a powerful communications style. If you’re a fan of The Moth or This American Life and enjoy a good story, this workshop will give you the skills to craft your own true story to tell live on stage, at a meeting, or around a camp fire with friends. You will learn the basics of what makes a good story, how to keep an audience on the edge of its seat, and how to cut away the boring stuff and get to the heart of your story.  Participants should come to the workshop with one to three ideas that you will work on during the class into a rough draft of a story.  Beth LaMontagne Hall is a storyteller in the Seacoast area and the host of the Portsmouth, NH-based live storytelling event Long Story Short, through which she has taught numerous workshops to storytelling beginners. 


Nature Photography is offered on Saturday, October 17, from 10am — 2pm. This workshop will be in-person, at a Southern-NH nature preserve, during foliage season. Space is limited to 10 participants. This workshop, taught by award-winning photographer Geoff Forester, includes explanations of the techniques and equipment used to capture good nature images, with an emphasis on how the casual photographer can produce great photos. Participants will meet outside to take photos and learn from Geoff. Students should bring a digital camera (more than a smartphone) and wear comfortable clothes for an outing of nature photography. Sophisticated camera equipment is not needed. Geoff Forester, photo editor at the Concord Monitor, has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years.  


Smartphones, Smart Photos is offered on Saturday, October 24, from 9am — 3pm, in-person at the Nackey S. Loeb School in Manchester, NH. Space is limited to 10 participants. It has been said that the best camera is the one you hold in your hand. For most of us, that means a smartphone. This workshop covers the basics, including how to hold the phone and use the elements around you so your “moments” become your pride and joy, not just deleted images. Instructor Debi Rapson is a semi-professional photographer and professional educator, acclaimed for her ability to “capture the authentic moment.” She also wins praise for her ability to translate technology into easy-to-understand terms for students of all ages. Come with your smartphone, your questions, and your ideas.


All workshops are $60 each, per person. Register at, or contact us at or 603-627-0005.


The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications promotes and defends the First Amendment and fosters interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication by educating students of various ages and providing them with the tools and knowledge to improve their skill.                          

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