WRITING WORKSHOPS

The medium of graphic novels is a great way to combine words and pictures to tell a story, and can bring a personal memoir to life. In this class, you will learn some graphic novel basics, as well as how to put your own stories down in a way which will capture your readers’ imaginations. Four Fridays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

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This class will help you whether you’ve just started writing your memoir or are trying to finish the first draft, and will include feedback from both peers and the instructor. Four Tuesdays: July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Memoirist Richard Hoffman will discuss the various strategies of first-person nonfiction, using examples to demonstrate how certain uses can sustain a credible and compelling narrator as well as a textured, engaging text. Monday, August 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

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POLITICS & PLACE

This popular class, which attempts to explore Middle East politics through the lens of literature, is back for its third installment with a new selection of books that will help illuminate life in countries from across the Arabian Gulf, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman, through reading works in translation. (Note: You do not need to have taken the first two installments in order to sign up for this course!) Five Thursdays: May 28, June 11, 25, July 9, 23, 1 – 3 p.m.

Examine alternatives to violent forms of resolution with a former Washington Post columnist and author while taking a close look at the writings of Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, Joan Baez and other peacemakers. Six Wednesdays: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This class, which meets once a month, will read six historical novels featuring strong female characters in settings that encompass Puritan New England, Native American culture, slavery, abolition, industrialization, and immigration. Discussions will include aspects of both the storytelling as well as the accuracy and interpretation of the periods described. Six Mondays: June 22, July 20, August 10, September 21, October 19, November 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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An exploration of three literary jewels by British authors who traveled to Asia and Southeast Asia between the 1920's and ‘50's. Discussions will consider their attempts to capture the political and social truths of colonization. Three Tuesdays: June 30, July 7, 14, 1 – 3 p.m.

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LOSE YOURSELF IN FICTION

Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick, is known for its length and immersive tedium, but his short fiction manages to bring forth many of the same themes in a more concise manner—is shorter Melville the better Melville? Five Thursdays: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Ideal for those seeking to understand more about the format and discuss the craft of fiction, this class will assess how different writers approach this elastic and eclectic form of fiction. Three Tuesdays: June 30, July 7, 14, 3 - 5 p.m.

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The second novel-length work featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. James Watson brings new depth to the lead characters and addresses socio-political concerns of the era; join this class in a discussion of how this work stands among its peers and advances Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s landmark series. Monday, July 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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A classic of nineteenth century London life written in serial form between 1855 and 1857, Little Dorrit is a long and winding rags-to-riches tale for the mechanical age. This five-session series will allow for a full discussion of the novel. Five Tuesdays: July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

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SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS & TEENS

Old school gaming is back, for kids ages ten and up! Our games are heavy on the story-telling, but kids find ways to enjoy the “verbal video game” aspect of play as well.  At Politics & Prose on Connecticut Ave: July 13 – 17, 10 a.m. to noon; At Busboys and Poets in Brookland: July 20 – 22, 10 a.m. to noon

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Like a book club for comic fans, activities will include reading and drawing comics, discussing each other’s work, and making up our own characters.  At Politics & Prose on Connecticut Ave: August 3 – 7, 10 a.m. to noon; At Busboys and Poets in Takoma: August 10 – 12, 10 a.m. to noon

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Learn how to scaffold and build believable worlds for fantasy stories, including writing exercises, map making, character building and graphing story-structure in this week-long workshop geared for teens. August 10-14, 10 a.m. – noon

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