ONLINE CLASS:Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway: Reading, Writing, Workshop (2247)

Three Sundays: July 31, August 7, 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET Online

$175.00 (10% off for members)

Join novelist and professor Sarah Pleydell and author Michaele Weissman for a three-part deep dive into the context, craft, and continuing impact of Virginia Woolf’s prescient post-World War I novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Published 1925, Woolf’s masterwork speaks to the concerns of our time as few novels do.

A slender novel focused on a single day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upperclass woman, no longer young, who is hosting a party, Mrs. Dalloway focuses on the very stuff of life—Virginia Woolf’s life and our lives too. Employing floating points of view, Woolf delicately, deftly, addresses the inner and outer experience of her characters. Among the topics Woolf examines are: the brutalizing impact of World War I; madness and sanity; the relations between men and women; same sex love; social dissolution and the possibility of social change. All this, in the context of a beautifully written, sometimes humorous novel celebrating the desire of humans to gather together.

Prior to the workshop, students are asked to read the novel. In class discussions will focus on the historical, social, and psychological contexts from which the novel emerged, as well as its craft and artistic power. A close in-class reading of selected passages will facilitate these explorations. In-class writing exercises are designed to help students, as readers and as writers, to fathom the “how-to” of the novel, including the techniques Virginia Woolf employed to capture character from the outside in and from the inside out. The in-class writing prompts are designed to encourage students to experiment—not the production of polished copy.

Although any edition of the text would be fine to participate in the class, we highly recommend the annotated edition below due to it's insights to the text and it's author.

 Three Sundays: July 31, August 7, 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET Online

Required Reading:

Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (9780156628709)

Recommened Version:

The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (9781631496769)

Sarah Pleydell & Michaele Weissman

Sarah Pleydell is an award-winning novelist, playwright and long-time professor at the University of Maryland. Her "Tiny House Plays" project is currently playing in the DC area, and her forthcoming production for young audiences, "The Gift" was presented by the School of Visual and Performing Arts at UNC, Greensboro this spring. (

Michaele Weissman has published hundreds of articles in prestigious venues, and she is the author of four books. Algonquin will publish her literary memoir, “The Rye Bread Marriage,” exploring her husband's wartime childhood, his devotion to rye bread, and the universal complexities of marriage in 2023. Her writing has drawn praise for its craft, its historical and psychological sophistication and its humor. (

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000010406
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Mrs. Dalloway Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156628709
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Published: Mariner Books - September 24th, 1990

The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631496769
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021