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UPCOMING CLASSES & TRIPS

Saturday, August 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

Join us for a guided bus tour of DC brewing sites, past and present, led by Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington D.C.

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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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WITH P&P AND AUTHOR PHYLLIS THEROUX

Sunday, October 26 – Sunday, November 2

With Optional Three-Day Extension, Art & Cooking Tour of Florence
Monday November 3 – Wednesday November 5

 

Looking for an October adventure? Politics & Prose and author Phyllis Theroux invite you to join a small group of congenial travelers for a week 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. Day trips to nearby hill towns, plus a three-day optional add-on to explore the city of Florence are on offer.

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Museums, Holiday Lights, Shopping and More

Sunday, December 7 through Saturday, December 13

Politics & Prose invites you to join us and a small group of like-minded, book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. 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—as well as discover some hidden gems.

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Both of the Paris trips are sold out.

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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. Six Thursdays, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 14

 




Toni Morrison: Not a Story to Pass On

An examination of three of Morrison's major novels: Jazz (1992), Beloved (1987), and A Mercy (2008). Among other things, this class will explore how Morrison addresses issues of race, gender, memory, history, and literary form. June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

 




Mutual Friends: Two Great Novels by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend are arguably the two greatest novels of a career and of an era marked by masterpieces. Please join us for this four-week meander through Dickens’s London. Four Tuesdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

 




Agency, Women, and Madness: Brontë’s JANE EYRE and Rhys's WIDE SARGASSO SEA

Explore how setting, class, and characterization affect the portrayal of women’s agency and sanity in Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Four Wednesdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

 




How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

A successful proposal is the key to attracting a publisher. This class, led by a literary agent, will demystify the process. Three Mondays: July 14 – 28, 1 – 3 p.m.

 




Reading the Short Story

Consider how different writers approach the elastic, eclectic, and burgeoning short story format with author Alicia Oltuski. This class is ideal for those seeking to understand more about the short story; broaden their reading habits; take away a skill or two for their own writing; or who simply enjoy reading wonderful fiction. Three Tuesdays: August 5 – 19, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Brave New World: Publishing a Book Today

Publishing a book has never been easier, but with all the choices, deciding how has never been harder. Novelist Jenny Milchman will help you make sense of the possibilities. Monday, August 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Comics Jam & Scribbler’s Cabal

Comics Jam & Scribbler’s Cabal is a read-aloud session and drawing free-for-all for ages 8 and up. Kids can bring in their own drawings to share. July 21 – 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Fantasy Writing Workshop for Teens

In this week-long fantasy writing workshop, learn how to scaffold and build believable worlds for fantasy stories. Participants will learn best practices for critiquing others’ work and will receive feedback from the class and instructor. August 11 – 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Dungeons and Dragons

Old school gaming is back for kids ages 10 and up! Our games are heavy on the story-telling, but kids of all ages find ways to enjoy the “verbal video game” aspect of game play as well. August 18 – 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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