Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue and at The Wharf are closed for Thanksgiving.

LOSE YOURSELF IN FICTION

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Rhonda L. Shary was an adjunct professor of English in New York for over ten years, teaching writing and literature courses at Marymount College of Fordham University, New York Institute of Technology, and SUNY New Paltz, where she specialized in contemporary issues and literature, women’s writing and feminist theory, film studies, graphic novels, dystopian literature, and Native American literature. A published writer and poet, her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including P&P’s District Lines III, Water Writes: An Anthology in Honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial, A Slant of Light: Women Writers of the Hudson River Valley, and The Shawangunk Review. After moving to D.C. in 2014, she joined the staff at Politics and Prose Bookstore, and is now an editor for OPUS Publishing and a teacher in the literature classes there.

Examine the artful use of narrative devices in literary detective novels in this new class covering two contemporary classics of crime fiction. Four Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, December 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Melanie (Penny) Du Bois did her undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, has lived in Europe, and taught literature at universities there and here. She has directed a reading group in Washington since 1989, and taught at Politics and Prose throughout 2016 and 2017, covering subjects including Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, and Vasily Grossman.

Fitzgerald’s rigorous, bleak, and lively style, and her structure, full of the incongruous and unexpected, make us rethink every assumption about what a novel is for and what it may be ‘about.’ Four Wednesdays: November 8, 15, 29, December 6, 1 to 3 p.m.

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Nicole Miller’s prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C.

She also leads fiction workshops at Grub Street in Boston, and is an emerging writer in residence at Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, U.K.

For fans of the Raj Quartet, as well as new readers of Paul Scott, and the novels of Anglo-India, this study of Staying On will serve as "an elegiac farewell to the Raj." Thursday, December 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

WRITING WORKSHOPS

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Lori Steel is a freelance editor and school librarian. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has worked for two children’s literary agencies. Lori reads and writes all kinds of fiction from her home in Kensington.

In this workshop-based class, students will generate creative ideas, hone craft, read critically and receive constructive feedback on their MG/YA fiction writing. Four Mondays: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection The View from Stalin’s Head (Random House). His next book, a novel titled Faith for Beginners (Random House), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi. He has also taught writing at Columbia University, NYU, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and George Washington University.

Stop by the Den to try some tasty holiday dishes as part of this two-session writing workshop, aimed at enlivening your food writing. Two Tuesdays: November 21, 28, 7 to 9 p.m.

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