POLITICS & PLACE

Through the lens of literature, this class will explore the complexities of a turbulent 20th century in Iran, both before and after the 1979 revolution. Five Fridays: April 15, 29, May 20, June 3, 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

Led by a producer, playwright, and educator who is the Founding Artistic Director of Mosaic Theater Company, this class will discuss the social and political themes currently playing out on DC stages. Over six weeks, participants will hear directly from directors, designers, and actors who have experience holding a mirror up to turbulent societies. Six Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 7 – 9 p.m.

From the publication of The Feminine Mystique and the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, to the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1983, this course will chart the progress, setbacks, supporters, and opponents of the women’s movement in America. Four Mondays: May 9, 23, June 6, 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Through the dual lenses of literature and law, this course will examine the long, rocky history of women’s legal equality in the United States. June 15, 29, July 13, 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

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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 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 1 – 3 p.m.

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An in-depth discussion and analysis of how women won the right to vote and what they have done with that right in the 96 years since women’s suffrage became the law of the land. Thursday, August 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Join us on a literary journey to Turkey! In the next class in our series on the Middle East, we’ll explore the decline of the Ottoman Empire and rise of the Republic of Turkey through the eyes of five 20th-century Turkish authors. Five Fridays: August 26, September 9, 23, October 14, 28, 1 – 3 p.m.

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LOSE YOURSELF IN FICTION

This class will explore three major works, each written by an author of tremendous literary and cultural significance, who are perennially and widely discussed as worthy contenders for the ultimate literary honor—The Nobel Prize. April 21, 28, May 12* (*The May 12 session only will meet from 3:30 – 5:30), 26, June 9, 23, 1 – 3 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

This class will discuss the intersection of race, gender, and racial politics in the 20th-century American south as seen through the work and commentary of Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright. Five Thursdays: May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

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By reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s award-winning story collection Interpreter of Maladies, and her recent nonfiction release, In Other Words, this class will examine Lahiri’s intimate portrayal of the Indian-American experience. Two Mondays: May 23, June 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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Lawrence Durrell's interlocking, groundbreaking Alexandria novels are this British expatriate writer's most famous work. In a close read of this magnum opus, we will feast on Durrell's prose while considering his bold literary experiment that explores his characters' intertwined fates. Four Thursdays: June 16, 30, July 7, 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This close reading of The American, one of James' earlier works, will explore the author's sense of emerging transatlantic identity as well as his ideal of fiction. Four Wednesdays: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

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Dombey and Son is often considered Dickens' first heavyweight novel. Join us in an exploration of this story of urban London in the midst of midcentury boom and bust as we consider it in the context of the author's extensive body of work. Four Tuesdays: August 16, 23, 30, September 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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WRITING WORKSHOPS

In this three-session course, we'll consider strategies for creating a vivid setting that goes beyond set decoration and brings a world to life, adding a vibrant, essential element to the storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction. Three Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16, 6 – 8 p.m. Sold out!

To be added to a wait list for the class, please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Intended for students with a manuscript already in progress, this class will explore techniques to encourage courageous, honest writing and capture the transformative power of memoir. Four Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 7 – 9 p.m. Sold out!

To be added to a wait list for the class, please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Students will create their own works of micro fiction, starting with in-class prompts and ending with constructive criticism for those who choose to share their work. Four Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

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Write travel articles that sell with this three-session course taught by the travel editor of two top-tier national magazines. Learn how professional travel writers tailor content to specific audiences and turn their experiences into highly readable and usable recipes for day- or week-long trips. Three Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 7 – 9 p.m.

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Marissa Moss, acclaimed author and illustrator of the Amelia's Notebook series, invites kids 4th to 8th grade to have fun writing, guiding them through exercises to build and hone their language skills while never leaving a good (sometimes goofy) time out of the lesson plan. Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – noon

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One of a series of stand-alone prompt classes designed to get your subconscious flowing, this class will focus on writing about the people in our lives, including ourselves. The workshop is geared for fiction writers and memoirists, beginners and veterans. Monday, July 11, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Sold out!

To be added to a wait list for the class, please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

This two-session workshop will confront the challenges of writing violent, dangerous, intense, or climactic scenes in fiction and nonfiction. Two Mondays: August 1, 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

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A one-day, step-by-step workshop meant to deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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SHORT STORIES & POETRY

How well do you know the smallest unit of fiction? Join us to explore the nature, advantages, and challenges of flash fiction in this companion class to Writing Flash Fiction (1667). Six Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 2 4 p.m.

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Poet Tyehimba Jess leads a discussion on the revolutionary tradition and modern-day legacy of Blues Poetry, incorporating selections from Blues great Sterling Plumpp’s work as well as poems from Olio, Jess’ second book of poetry. Thursday, June 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

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The past few years have been a particularly exciting time for lovers of the short story, and in this class we’ll delve into the works of four twenty-first century masters of the form. Four Thursdays: July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 2 – 4 p.m.

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SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS & TEENS

Young artists are invited to exercise their creativity and imagination during this children’s art workshop, in which several picture books will provide inspiration for a week full of projects. Ages 68. Monday, July 11Friday, July 15, 10 a.m.12 p.m.

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