Literature and Writing


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.
Are you ready to write longer-form fiction, memoir, the chapter of a novel, or a narrative essay? Learn to love revision, give and receive supportive feedback. Meet every other week for instruction and review, then write and revise at home at your own pace. With support from your peers and the instructor, develop a five-to-ten-page story in six weeks. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
Join our lively band of book lovers for spirited discussions of literary and philosophical texts using the "Shared Inquiry" method. Assess ideas about each text in terms of modern culture and your experience. Read plays by Shakespeare, Sophocles and Wilde; short stories by selected female authors, D.H.Lawrence, and James Joyce as well as four great sonnets. Required text ($30) will be supplied after registration by the moderator.

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Read and discuss literary and philosophical texts from an anthology. Organized around the Socratic "shared inquiry" method of discussion, participants interpret and evaluate the meanings and ideas of classic works from the 'Western Canon.' Readings will include Sophocles, Freud, Kafka, Goethe, Kant, Flaubert, Hume and the Bible (Old Testament). Required text is Great Books Reading and Discussion Program Series Five ($28.95), available through the Great Books Foundation or the instructor.

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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 You will listen to and read published and unpublished life stories; then you will begin work on writing your own.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.
Do you have a story to tell but struggle to put words on paper? Join other writers who want to begin again and explore new ways to succeed. Build confidence writing short pieces in fiction, essay, memoir, or writing for others. Meet every other week for instruction and practice in class, then write and revise at home at your own pace. With full support, develop a three-to-four-page story under 1,000 words in six weeks. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
A director once noted that literature and film seem like two different languages. Many times literature and film do not mirror one another or even address the same themes. One example of this is protagonist Randle McMurphy in Ken Kesey's novel and Jack Nicholson's role in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Each, however, is an important work of art in its own right. We'll discuss both the novel and film, alternating between them in class as we analyze each work.

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Join us in unraveling the intertwined themes of love, sex and betrayal in three plays: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster; The Way of the World by William Congreve; and M.Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Please read The Duchess of Malfi by the first class meeting. Required Texts: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, Plume, October 1993 ($11.39); The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, Dover Thrift Edition, February 1999 ($3.00); The Way of the World by William Congreve, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2018 ($3.99).

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David Baldacci observed that mystery novels "put the balance back in life. Evil is punished and the good guys win after solving the puzzle." Explore the appeal of the mystery/suspense novel by reading two novels rich in suspense. Required texts available online: The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware Gallery/Scout Reprint edition 2017 ($16 or less) and The Jefferson Key, by Steve Berry, Ballantine Books 2011 (mass market paperback, less than $10).

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Patricia Hampl has described memoir as the "tango between memory and imagination." Into this dance, we invite the reader to become our partner in discovering the "hidden narrative" of our past. During this highly interactive workshop, we act as both writers and readers, identifying techniques to engage the reader's interest and trust. Specifically, we will explore the relationship of plot, conflict, character, and arresting detail to find ways to move your life into story. Expect surprises.

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