Literature and Writing


This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced writers and teachers of writing. Swap tips on how writers can work on a computer more efficiently and creatively, collaborate with others and share feedback, all without buying new software. Come prepared to share tricks that have worked for you or make specific how-to requests from other experienced writers. Bring a thumb drive to class. SKILL LEVEL C in Microsoft Word required.
One writer called short stories "a hand grenade of ideas." Reading some of your favorite authors . . . or meeting new ones, learn what makes a "great" short story, and have fun along the way! A varied selection of stories and authors will form the basis of our readings. No textbook is required. Stories are mostly accessible on the internet or copies will be provided by the instructor. Authors will be representative of a diverse range of nationalities.
The most precious time you can spend with your grandchildren is the time you spend, one-on-one, reading. And it begins when they are infants! Discover little known gems to share with your grandchildren, learn how to read actively with them, and extend your interaction from the books you read to other activities. Through demonstration and active participation, you will leave with a new appreciation of this quality time with your grandchildren.

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Since Socrates suggested that "an unexamined life is not worth living," in this class, we will explore the implications of the choices made by several gods and goddesses to learn what they have to teach us today. Greek ideals of individual freedom, government, beauty and truth resonate with us today. Let us discover what ancient Greek mythology has to show us about the way we live now.

Do you love to listen to poems read aloud with skill and feeling? Have you ever wished you had the confidence to read a poem aloud, revealing meaning, expressing feeling and bringing delight to your listeners? This class will give you some basic techniques and skills that will add another dimension to your enjoyment of poetry. Bring copies of a favorite poem to the first meeting and begin immediately to explore your new skills.

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Nurture your inner playfulness, draw on spontaneity, and get even more creative! We may re-envision famous movie plots, eavesdrop on a wolf's conversation from Little Red Riding Hood, or follow Alice down the rabbit hole. Bring a pen and be prepared to have fun.
"There's nothing left to say about love; Shakespeare has said it best and first." Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, join us to explore the practical application of the bard's timeless wisdom to life and love in the 21st century. Allow the words of the master to expand and deepen our relationships with friends, family and loved ones. Follow the experiences of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet; then compare your experiences of the many types of love to theirs. Read, write, watch and discuss with fellow lovers of Shakespeare's most iconic characters.
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.
Albert Einstein wrote, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Although hundreds of years old, fairy tales are still relevant today in the lives of our youngsters. This course will focus on the importance of fairy tales in the emotional and intellectual development of children.

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