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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 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.


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 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.


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. Five Sundays: September 21, October 12, 26, November 9, 23, 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


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.


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, 22, November 5, 1 – 3 p.m.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Enjoy a meal and wine paired with great conversation about food and food writing with New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Flinn. Monday, October 27, 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.

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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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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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