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Hungry for Words: An Inquiry Into the Art of Food Writing

at The Writer’s Center

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22

Anyone can write about a meal, but truly great food writing informs, entertains and inspires. In this weekend workshop, we’ll take a holistic approach to the art and craft of modern food writing, from understanding what made great food writers endure, varying approaches needed for different genres, generating ideas, assembling non-fiction book proposals, culinary travel writing, and the complexities of recipe writing. Writing exercises will be incorporated into the weekend, each designed to stimulate and challenge.

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Winter 2015 Poetry Circle: Jack Gilbert & Linda Gregg (1501)

This winter’s poetry circle will study the poems of two American poets who influenced each other deeply, whose voices and techniques resonate against each other but whose apertures into emotion remain distinct. This class has reached capacity. Please email Justin at to be placed on the waiting list.


W. B. Yeats at 150 (1519)

To mark the renowned poet’s 150th birthday, this class will explore W.B. Yeats’s poems, plays and prose. This class has reached capacity. Please email Justin at to be placed on the wait list.


Writing for Middle Grade & Young Adult (1511)

Designed for writers with some experience this workshop will consist of writing prompts, developing craft, and story structuring. Participants will also receive constructive feedback from both peers and the instructor. Five Tuesdays: January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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Mixed Level Memoir Writing Workshop (1512)

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. This class has reached capacity; please contact Justin at to be placed on the wait list. Four Tuesdays: January 20, 27, February 3, 17 1 – 2:30 p.m. Sold out!

Memoir Writing: Possible Moral, Ethical & Legal Issues (1513)

Writing about oneself inevitably impacts others. How do we morally, ethically and legally portray other people in our memoirs? Tuesday, February 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Be Your Own Editor: How to Edit Your Own Work (1505)

Learn how to approach your work—whether it’s the first page or a completed manuscript—with an editor’s eye. We’ll learn and apply practical techniques to engage audiences and find the core of our work. Four Mondays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Grab the Reader at Go (1506)

The opening pages of any written work, fiction or nonfiction, are critical: is the reader hooked or have they moved on? This writing workshop focuses on the key beginning of your manuscript and allows for feedback and discussion with an instructor as well as classmates as you get started in the writing process. Six Mondays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 1 – 3 p.m.

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The English Country House Novel: Romp of Manors and Manners (1517)

As the new season of Downton Abbey approaches, it’s a great time to visit novels with similarly sumptuous settings to that of the popular show. The class will examine three classic fireside novels of the late country house tradition, a romp of manors and manners, upstairs/downstairs, guilt and redemption. Three Thursdays: January 8, 22, February 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Understanding Middle East Politics through Literature, Part II (1503)

We’ll read five books by authors from the Middle East that address significant contemporary topics, and political events which will help us to gain a better understanding of the region. Five Fridays: January 23, February 6, 27, March 13, 27, 1 – 3 p.m.

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A Literary Journey into the Heart of France (1504)

This class will feature four books that will offer participants fascinating and unique insights into French life, history, and culture—as well as the pleasures inherent in reading excellent prose. Four Mondays: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Parlez-Vous Anglais? Survival French & French Travel Tips (1524)

This two-hour “crash course” will help participants gain a better understanding of French life, culture, and habits, and offer an approach to help visitors fully enjoy their time in la belle France. Friday, March 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

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What Were We Thinking: Novels from the Sixties (1523)

The 1960s were full of great music, questionable fashion, as well as war and peace, justice and corruption, and rebellion and retribution. In this class we’ll look at three novels from the era that showcase what the sixties were all about. Session 1: April 29, 7 – 9 p.m., Session 2: April 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Revisiting Jane Austen (1507)

Jane Austen’s novels shine with immaculate style, humor, and—as one critic said—“what goes on perpetually in the mind and heart.” This class will provide a close read of five novels of love and learning. All three sessions for this course have reached capacity; contact Justin at to be placed on a wait list (please be sure to specify which session you are interested in). Session 1: January 13, February 3, March 17, April 14, May 12, 1 – 3 p.m.; Session 2: January 14, February 4, March 18, April 15, May 13, 1 – 3 p.m.; Session 3: January 15, February 5, March 19, April 16, May 14, 1 – 3 p.m. Sold out!

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Moby-Dick (1509)

An opportunity to explore this classic novel as you’ve always meant to, whether to encounter it for the first time or to re-read with scholarly guidance. Five Thursdays: January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Writing and Rewriting Huck (1508)

A chance to revisit a great American classic and deepen your understanding of it through a pairing with a contemporary rewriting. Five Fridays: January 16, 30, February 13, 27, March 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1520)

If you’ve always meant to read Joyce but have been intimidated by the thought of tackling Ulysses, this close read and discussion of Joyce’s earlier novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is a great entry into the author’s body of work. Four Fridays: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Sold out!


Marilynne Robinson: Novels and Ideas (1510)

Explore Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson’s lyrical body of work in this class for fans as well as those who have the pleasure of reading her for the first time. This class has reached its capacity; email Justin at to be place on the wait list. Four Tuesdays: February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, 1 – 3 p.m. Sold out!



Epistolary Novels (1516)

In this class we will survey the history of the epistolary novel as well as examine some of its latest iterations to consider how our relationship to the novel has changed and what the place and purpose of the epistolary novel is in the digital era. Five Mondays: January 12, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Serial Slayers (1521)

Serial killers have long been a source of fascination in literature as well as on television and in film. This class will examine some chilling literary classics as well as undiscovered gems featuring these dark leads. Session 1: Monday, January 26, 1 – 3 p.m., Session 2: Thursday, January 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

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Lurking in the Shadows: Gothic in James, Jackson and Du Maurier (1518)

Explore three classic novels that invite the gothic tradition into the quintessential charm and elegance of the country manor and enjoy the suspense and resulting spooky stories in Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. Four Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Growin’ Up: Three Masterpieces Beyond The Rye (1522)

Coming-of-age novels have a special place in literature. Catcher in the Rye is considered by many to be the true classic of the genre, but there are many lesser known but equally excellent examples. We will discuss three of these would-be classics in this session. Session 1: Monday, March 30, 7 – 9 p.m., Session 2: Thursday, April 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

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