Literature and Writing


Enthusiastic beginner or experienced writer? With full support, create a new piece of writing: short fiction, memoir, the chapter of a novel, or a narrative essay. Meet with other dedicated writers every other week for instruction; the next week, write and revise at home at your own pace. Discuss work-in-progress in small groups with encouraging feedback and one-on-one coaching. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
Afraid to start writing? Develop a deeper understanding of the writer's craft. We will cover essential components of creative writing such as setting, conflict, plot, characters and dialogue. Upon completion of the course, you should be better equipped to begin the process of writing your own work. Begin your own adventure as a writer with the advice of a seasoned pro.
Join lively discussions of literary and philosophical texts using the "shared inquiry" method.Interpret meanings and ideas as part of a moderator-led group and assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your personal experience and modern culture. Readings include works ranging from Seneca, Bacon and Locke to Twain, Thomas Mann, Jane Addams and Deborah Eisenberg. Text: Great Conversations 6 ($24.95 plus shipping)

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Discuss literary and philosophical texts using the shared inquiry" approach. Interpret ideas and meanings in response to questions posed by the moderator. Assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your experience and modern culture. Interact with fellow group members by raising additional questions. We'll discuss works by Shakespeare, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Locke and Kate Chopin among others. You may participate even if you did not attend Part I Required text: Great Books Reading and Discussion program, Series Two ($33.95).

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Make writer's block a thing of the past and activate the creative side of your brain in this workshop that combines Laughter Yoga and writing. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced writer, experience the benefits Laughter Yoga brings to your writing?.and your health! Each class will start with a short session of Laughter Yoga followed by free writing based on prompts. You will have the opportunity to share your writing (not required). Let your creativity flow!

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This course will allow you to learn more about a topic of great personal significance--you! You will listen to and read published and unpublished life stories; then you will begin work on writing your own. The sessions will focus on childhood, family history, relationships, children, work (volunteer or paid), and personal sorrows and victories. This popular course is for beginners interested in turning their memories into family heirlooms or even works of art! This class is limited in size, so register early.
What seemed a "boys' book" in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a glimpse into what really took place on Huck and Jim's journey down the Mississippi River. Far from being a "boy's book" or a racist novel, the work is an attack on racial inequality. Explore how Twain used humor in his writing to portray inequality - even on the raft. Read then bring to class any edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain.
How can the arts, particularly literature, take us on the human journey into the heart of tough social issues including globalization, exploitation, racial violence, "justice" as enacted by legal systems, immigration and racism? Little Bee by Chris Cleave and The Chamber by John Grisham explore difficult subjects through the lives of fictional characters. Read both books ahead of class then join our thought-provoking discussions.

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Behind the Iron Curtain, despite threats of exile, imprisonment and execution, great works of literature and film were created by daring thinkers. From Chekhov to Gorky, from Jewish writers under Stalin to Ukrainian poets, from Soviet film to Russian science fiction, find out what Russians and Ukrainians have long known: great pressure creates great diamonds. Explore the diamonds of Cold War Soviet literature.
Enjoy lively discussions of poems diverse in style and structure from Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke, Tampa Poet Laureate James Tokley (also Hillsborough Poet Laureate), and from award-winning Tampa Bay poets including Silvia Curbelo, Gianna Russo, Erica Dawson and USF's Jay Hopler. Materials will be provided
Enjoy classic British sitcoms? If you watched Are You Being Served?, As Time Goes By, or Keeping Up Appearances, then you may relish the six light novels E. F. Benson wrote about middle class Brits in the 1920s and '30s. These books, twice dramatized for the BBC, have remained perennial favorites among Brits. We'll provide electronic versions of all six novels in large-print for reading on your iPad, tablet or laptop to inform our discussions and keep you smiling.
Read out loud and share informally some of the most beautiful and moving poetry in the English language. Discuss Thomas's turbulent life and artistic process. To enhance the depth of the voices Thomas created, engage in oral readings of his works in the Readers Theater format. Selections will include classic single poems "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and "Under Milk Wood."
"William Faulkner wrote books of psychological drama and emotional depth...often using a stream of consciousness approach." Through group discussions, explore the development of the American novel, Faulkner's life and the influences that helped shape his themes and style. Complete the reading assignments before class so that we can focus on discussion in class. Required text: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, Vintage 1990 ($10 or less)

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