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Encore University’s expansive Masterclass series continues with our third class: a wonderful deep dive into the topic of poetry and the creative process. Zeina Azzam, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, will bring her expertise and poetic verve to the Zoom classroom for a presentation on the creative process!

If you’ve ever wondered about the process that goes into writing and sharing poetry, creative writing, or (yes!) lyrics set to choral music, Zeina Azzam will bring her expertise and demystify the writing process! In this 90-minute expert class on the telling of tales and the process behind presentation, you’ll get a first-hand look at the ways that experts express themselves – and how you can start sharing your creativity with the world.

This informative session will end with a live Q&A session, where Zeina will answer any questions you may have.

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, March 29, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET
PRICE$15 per person

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series, too! A recorded version of the presentation will be sent to all registered participants for later viewing.


ZEINA AZZAM is a Palestinian-American poet, writer, editor, and community activist. She is the poet laureate of the City of Alexandria, Virginia for 2022-25. Her poems appear in literary journals, anthologies, and edited volumes, and her chapbook, Bayna Bayna, In-Between, was published in 2021 by The Poetry Box. Zeina’s poetry collection, Some Things Never Leave You, will be published in summer 2023 by Tiger Bark Press. Her commissioned poem, “You Birth the Seeds,” is being set as a choral piece by renowned composer Melissa Dunphy and will be performed by the Alexandria Choral Society in May 2023. Zeina holds an MA in Arabic literature from Georgetown University, an MA in sociology from George Mason University, and a BA in psychology from Vassar College.