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Literature and Writing


Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussion of poetry, fiction, essays and speeches including work by Robert Frost, William Faulkner and Lewis Carroll. We meet on the Go To Meeting videoconferencing platform. Texts will be provided by the instructor, $8.00 payable to the Instructor at the first class.

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Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussion of fiction and short stories by J.D. Salinger, Henry James and Thomas Hardy; poetry by Langston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Countee Cullen and Emily Dickinson. We meet on the Go To Meeting videoconferencing platform. Texts will be provided by the instructor, $10.50 payable to the Instructor at the first class.

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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. New and returning participants all welcome!
Is the form of a prose poem an absence of form? What is a prose poem? How can prose be poetry? According to Pulitzer prize-winning poet Charles Simic, the prose poem "is a burst of language following a collision with a large piece of furniture" What does this mean? Encounter a "glorious variety" of prose poems by poets such as Charles Baudelaire, Gertrude Stein, Mark Strand, Margaret Atwood, Claudia Rankine and decide for yourself. Reading material will be supplied.
Let's take a summer dive into Shakespeare! We will read and discuss the popular guide to his works: Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare , online for less than $11. This book compact guide brings Shakespeare's plays and poems to life, helps readers navigate Shakespeare's language and is a fun way to explore Shakespeare's work. Come explore the very relevant world of the famous Bard.

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Join our short stories discussion group. Some variety, enough substance to keep gray cells happy, but not too demanding. It's Summer, after all. Required text: One Hundred Great Short Stories, Dover Thrift Edition. Before the first class, please read: The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley p. 41 The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane. p. 149 The Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner p. 723. Complete reading list sent upon registration.

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Read and discuss Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe. A prize-winning example of creative nonfiction, it contains plenty for mystery/thriller fans and history buffs to savor and discuss. Please read Book One before the first class. Book available online for less than $12.