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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

Truly great food writing informs, entertains and inspires. In this two-day weekend workshop offered by P&P and the The Writer's Center, acclaimed author Kathleen Flinn will guide participants through 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.

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The Lion of Anacostia: Frederick Douglass and the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, February 7 at noon 

Politics & Prose invites you on a guided walk through the historic neighborhood of Anacostia led by John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, visiting houses and historic sites that defined Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C.

The trip is currently sold out, email jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the wait list!

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with Bestselling Mystery Writer Cara Black

October 24 to October 31 (Sold out!) &
November 1 to November 7

Soho Press has partnered with Politics & Prose to send one lucky winner on the first of two “Killer Trips” to Paris hosted by New York Times bestselling mystery author Cara Black—for free! The contest runs 3/3/15 – 4/30/15.

For details on how to enter: www.parisisformurder.com/how-to-enter

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with novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff

Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21

P&P will host a five-day writing workshop led by Orange Prize nominee and local novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff at the Ashland Writers’ Cottage, a beautiful Craftsman-style bungalow. Participants will stay at the nearby Henry Clay Inn, a Georgian-style hotel originally built in 1858. The workshop consists of five days of instruction, guidance, and, of course, time to write—limited to eight participants, the retreat provides the perfect blend of solitude and companionship. Whether you scrawl entries in a journal or are working on your third novel—whether you write fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction—you’ll feel welcome at this week of concentrated writing.

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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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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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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 jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




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 jstephani@politics-prose.com 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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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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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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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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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 jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the wait list. Four Tuesdays: January 20, 27, February 3, 17 1 – 2:30 p.m. Sold out!




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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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 jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the wait list.




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!

 




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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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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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 jstephani@politics-prose.com to be place on the wait list. Four Tuesdays: February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, 1 – 3 p.m. Sold out!

 




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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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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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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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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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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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 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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