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UPCOMING TRIPS & CLASSES

Politics & Prose is delighted to announce the launch of the Writers' Cottage in Ashland, VA, where we will be hosting individual writers who are looking for a quiet retreat as well as those who would like to participate in author-led workshops. Ashland, with its scenic streets and excellent restaurants and cafés, is the perfect destination for a week away. Only 90 miles from DC, and easily accessible by either car or by train, the Writers’ Cottage is equipped with everything you need to write and relax.

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With the Team Behind Our Popular Paris Trip

October 5 through October 11

Spend a week in southern France visiting sites associated with artists Cézanne and van Gogh and writer Émile Zola. Experience classic Provençal food, wine and culture.

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With Politics & Prose And Author Phyllis Theroux

October 26 through November 2

Share a week with a small group of congenial travelers at Villa Spannocchia, a charming farm estate near Siena, Italy. Each day will include time for writing, reading, and relaxation, along with village excursions and leisurely meals.

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Museums, Holiday Lights, Shopping and More

December 7 through December 13

Winters in Paris are typically mild and a perfect time to visit some of the most famous museums in the world—the Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou—and also discover some hidden gems.

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Examine two of Faulkner’s richest novels, The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! with a "slow reading" approach, spending about three sessions per book and in-depth analysis of character, style, and theme. Six Thursdays: September 4, 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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We’ll read five books by authors from the Middle East that address significant contemporary topics and political events in an effort to gain a better understanding of the region.  Five Fridays: September 5, 19, October 10, 24, November 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




What’s sure to be a lively conversation centered around questions of literature, philosophy, and human nature, all drawn from Shakespeare’s tragic plays King Lear and Julius Caesar. Four Fridays: September 5, 12, 19, 26, 3 – 5 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




A side by side look at to two best-selling novels both involving th adventure of a transatlantic journey: Colum McCann's TransAtlantic and Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea. Four Fridays: September 5, 12, 19, 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

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This course will examine and compare Virginia Woolf’s The Years and A Room of One’s Own to understand her handling of theme, character, time, and setting. Six Fridays: Sept 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Sherlock Holmes has been transposed onto stage, page, radio, and screen in a way that stretches the boundaries of his original inception. In this class, we will read original works by Doyle and recent fiction featuring the detective to explore what these characterizations show us about our understanding of human behavior and our broadening social norms. Six Sundays: September 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 21, 5:30 – 7:30 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: September 8, 15, 22, 29, 1 – 3 p.m. 

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Examine turbulent years of 1920 – 1939 as Britain struggles to find itself in the wake of WWI through the brilliant and witty detective fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers. Five Mondays: September 8, 22, October 13, 27, November 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This class will read the often overlooked short fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Discussion will focus on Fitzgerald’s place among 20th century writers, how the stories compare and relate to his novels, and the themes employed. Four Tuesdays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Learn to knit cables like a pro! By the end of the class, you’ll knit a good-luck cabled symbol into a baby blanket or a loved-one’s scarf.  You will also learn to knit cables from charts, which is much less fearsome than it seems.  Four Thursdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Everyone’s been talking about Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch,even before it won the Pulitzer Prize. Join the conversation and add your opinion! The class will discuss the novel and the polarized reviews the book has received.  Monday, September 15, 1 – 4pm

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 

 




This two-hour “crash course” will help you gain a better understanding of French life, language, culture, and habits, and will provide you with an approach that will help you fully enjoy your time in la belle France. Thursday, September 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious energized and ideas flowing.  The workshop is designed for fiction writers and memoirists, beginners and veterans.  (Please note that Sessions A and B will feature a different book and different prompts; you may take both classes or select one.) Thursday, September 18, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




Kick-start and finesse your writing process by breaking it down into pieces: linked personal essays. Four Tuesdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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This literary ride surveys the evolution of the quintessential American private investigator, in a historical arc from the 1930’s to the Baby Boomers.  Session I: Thursday, September 25, 1 – 3 p.m.  Session II: Tuesday, September 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

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Writing about oneself inevitably includes others. How do we morally, ethically and legally present people in our memoirs?  Monday, September 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This course will chart the progress and setbacks of the women’s movement in America, its supporters and opponents, from publication of The Feminine Mystique and passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1983. Four Wednesdays: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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We’ll consider two pairs of novels that look back on a life, and a marriage, from both the husband and the wife’s perspective, discussing how they complement one another and how they stand alone, and along the way delve into how the author’s use of perspective determines the story. Two Wednesdays: October 1 and November 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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A look at some of the major children’s book award-winners—past and present—and how those decisions are made. In this class, you’ll also make predictions for the 2015 award winners!  Four Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, and November 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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An introduction to the poems of two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire and Rainer Maria Rilke. Six Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




Along with passion—intellectual and romantic—Possession revels in travel, history, scholarship, esthetics, and brilliant writing.  Come discuss A.S. Byatt’s compelling novel with Virginia Newmeyer and Susan Willens. Session One: Tuesday, October 7, 1 – 3 p.m., Session Two: Wednesday, October 8, 1 – 3 p.m., Session Three: Thursday, October 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

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You know you want to write. But how do you take that major first step, sit down and put pen to the page?  This class will focus on pinpointing and tapping into your passion and then move to translate it to your writing.  Wednesday, October 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This one session class will examine the most adapted Sherlock Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles to deduce why this tale, often considered the most Sherlockian of stories, remains so popular despite the large absence of the detective himself from the narrative. Monday, October 13, 12 – 3 p.m.

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Participants will discuss examples of grief and loss in classic nonfiction and generate their own material with the help of writing prompts. Thursday, October 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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The Victorian era was the golden age of the ghost story and it is the short story, with its ellipses, blurs, suggestions, and incompletions, which offered the ghost story its fullest expression.  This October, join us for three evenings of phantom tales. Three Thursdays: October 16, 23, and 30, 7 – 9 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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In addition to the sheer pleasure of reading and discussing good fiction and nonfiction, this class will offer insight into French and American history and culture, as well as the nature of the fundamental and historic relationship between France and the U.S.  Five Thursdays: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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This class will examine classic archetypes fired into our zeitgeist by two classic authors—Joseph Conrad and Eric Ambler. Session One: Monday, October 27, 1 – 3 p.m.  Session Two: Wednesday, October 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

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In honor of its centenary, this class will explore and discuss the fifteen stories of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Four Fridays: October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email athorn@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.




This fall, join us for college capers, finishing school treachery, and teenage mobsters with three classics, Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, and Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Three Mondays: November 10, 17, 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious energized and ideas flowing.  The workshop is designed for fiction writers and memoirists, beginners and veterans.  (Please note that Sessions A and B will feature a different book and different prompts; you may take both classes or select one.) Thursday, October 16, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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Delve into the legacy, history, character-building, and plot-crafting of Dame Agatha Christie, whose world-famous mysteries have sold more than four billion copies.  Session One: Tuesday, November 18, 1 – 3 p.m. Session Two: Thursday, November 20, 3 – 5 p.m.

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