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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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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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These two seminars will consider two of the most magisterial and These seminars will consider two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). Two Wednesdays: January 7, 14, 3 – 5 p.m.

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This winter’s poetry circle will study the poems of Jack Gilbert and Linda Gregg, two American poets who influenced each other deeply, whose voices and techniques resonate against each other but whose apertures into emotion remain distinct. Six Tuesdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 17, 24 (no class February 10), 3 – 4:30 p.m.

This class has reached capacity. Please email Abby at to be placed on the waiting list.