WRITING WORKSHOPS

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. Please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on a wait list to be notified of any openings this semester or of future offerings. Four Tuesdays: July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Sold out!

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 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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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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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

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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