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You can still join us Friday, May 2 for a performance of Camp David
at Arena Stage, written by Wright and starring Emmy winner
Richard Thomas. Tickets are $55, the performance begins at 8 p.m. 

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Celebrate Spring with a P&P Perennial Favorite

Sunday, May 4, 8 a.m. – approximately 8 p.m. 

Politics & Prose invites you to explore the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, a perennial P&P favorite. Once again, we are conducting a community trip to this wooded area of western Pennsylvania, near the Maryland border, to enjoy the blossoming trees and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

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With Politics & Prose and Author Phyllis Theroux

Sunday, June 1 through Friday, June 6

This trip is sold out. To reserve a spot on the
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Join Politics & Prose and author Phyllis Theroux (author of The Journal Keeper, The Good Bishop and others) at the Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, California for five days of writing, journaling, reading, or quiet reflection.

Surrounded by vineyards and farms, this is the perfect place for anyone seeking needs quiet, comfort, and perspective.

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With Politics & Prose

Sunday, July 20 through Saturday, July 26

(Optional extension through Tuesday, July 29)

Sunday, August 3 through Saturday, August 9

Both of the Paris trips are sold out. To reserve a spot on
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Join us and a small group of like-minded, book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. This is not group travel as you know it; no clambering onto busses or jamming en masse into touristy restaurants. Instead, you will be introduced to some of the small gems of Paris—the lesser known museums, the spectacular parks, the off the beaten track cafés.

This is Politics & Prose’s third trip to Paris, with Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell of Best Friend in Paris, following rave reviews from previous participants. 

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Sunday, October 5 to Saturday, October 11

Join us for a week in southern France. We’ll visit sites associated with artists Cézanne and van Gogh and writer Émile Zola, as well as experience the classic Provençal food, wine and culture.

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Our Turn Now: Post-War British Voices

This class will focus on the beginning of the post-World War II cultural revolution as Britain emerged from a long period of state control. Third Session Added! Wednesday, January 29, Monday, February 3, Thursday March 20, Thursday April 10, Tuesday, May 13, 1-3 p.m.


Faulkner and Woolf: Avant-Garde of the Avant-Garde?

This class will examine four complementary novels by two of modernism’s most enduring and influential writers, William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.  Themes will include literary style, narration, perspective, gender, and national history.  March 20, April 3, April 24, May 1, May 15, May 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

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The Tell-Tale Poe

Readings will include Poe’s famous prose and poetry, but will also introduce some of his lesser-known work, including essays, detective fiction, and a novel. Five Fridays: March 21, April 4, April 25, May 2, May 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Deconstructing Children's Literature

A class for adults interested in deconstructing, and discussing seminal works of classic and contemporary children’s literature, including Charlotte's Web and The Fault in Our Stars, through various lenses.  Five Tuesdays: April 1, 8, 22, and May 6, 20, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Spring Poetry Circle: Czeslaw Milosz & Tomas Transtromer

A discussion of Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz and Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, both Nobel Prize winners. What is it about their work that speaks to us across language, time and country? Tuesdays: April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13 (no class April 15), 3 – 4:30 p.m.

This class is fully enrolled. Please email to be placed on the waiting list. 


Picture Book Intensive: A Writing Workshop

An advanced workshop for those who have prior experience writing picture books, this class will include writing prompts, storyboards, and feedback on work. Four Thursdays: April 3, 10, 24, and May 1, 9:15 – 11:45 a.m.

This class is sold out. Please email to be put on the waitlist.


Memoir Writing Workshop: Version 2.0

Working in small groups, the class will workshop two versions of a 750-word personal essay: a rough and a final draft.This section is open to those who have previously taken a memoir writing class with Chloe Miller. Five Mondays: April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

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E.M. Forster: Aspects of the Novel and Howard’s End

For both readers and aspiring novelists, this class will examine E.M. Forster’s classic craft book Aspects of the Novel, and will include a close read of his novel Howard’s End. Wednesday, April 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

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Paris: A Literary Sampler

Explore the history, fashion, food, and culture of Paris through both fiction and nonfiction. Six Thursdays: April 24 – May 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Building Character

Discuss techniques to create believable, riveting, and poignant characters with novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff. This class will consist of short readings and exercises to master character creation. Friday, April 25, 1 – 4 p.m.

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Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes: Part I

Sherlock Holmes has been transposed onto stage, page, radio, and every variety of screen in a way that stretches the boundaries of the original. We will read several works by Doyle and later depictions of the great detective in fiction and film. Five Sundays: April 27, May 11, 25, June 8, 22, 6 – 8 p.m.

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On the Dark Side: the First Arc of American Noir

Expand your understanding of noir by exploring and comparing three seminal and representative books penned by masters of the genre, including Dashiell Hammett.  Tuesday, April 29, 7 – 9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Right Brain Writing: Guided Prompts

Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing. No writing experience necessary! This is a great class for beginners and those looking for a jolt of inspiration. Wednesday, April 30, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

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Crafting a Compelling Query: An Agent's Advice

In a workshop led by a literary agent, learn how to find the right agent for you and how to craft a query letter that will leave a lasting impression, from salutation to synopsis, for your fiction or nonfiction book. Session 1: Wednesday, April 30, 79 p.m. or Session 2: Thursday, May 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Rock Creek Songbirds

Begin with a cup of shade-grown coffee and a discussion of songbird protection at Politics & Prose, then take a guided walk through Rock Creek National Park behind the store to look and listen for birds. Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Understanding Middle East Politics through Literature

Discuss current affairs and the politics of the Middle East through the prism of literature by well-known fiction writers of the region, exploring questions of history, colonialism, sexuality, war, religion, traditions and taboos. Five Wednesdays: May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July 9 (every other week), 1 – 3 p.m.

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In the Beginning: Get Your Novel/Story/Memoir Off to a Great Start!

Focused on the elements that make a great beginning to a story, novel or memoir, this class will strengthen the all-important opening pages of your work. Thursday, June 26, 1 – 4 p.m.

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