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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2018—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Short Story Workshop: Writing with F. Scott Fitzgerald (1892)

In this critique-based workshop, we will also be reading a generous selection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best short fiction with an eye to literary techniques: narration, pacing, dialogue, setting. In-class exercises will enhance your own fiction-writing.  All participants are invited to workshop a short story of 12-15 pages in weeks three and four, while the instructor will provide feedback and thoughts for further development or revision. This workshop has been timed to coincide with the celebration of Fitzgerald’s 122nd birthday and the Rockville Fitzgerald festival on October 20th. New class dates: Four Saturdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Breaking Through Writer's Block (18102)

Do you have great ideas for a story or work of creative non-fiction but can't seem to get them on paper? Or are you a writer who seems to have run out of inspiration but would love to get back to work. Come to this two-session class to get a jump-start on re-sparking your creative process. In our first session, we'll tackle a variety of strategies to bust through writer's block, and then meet again for additional motivating strategies as well as to examine what worked and why. Two Mondays: October 1 and 8, 6 to 8:00 p.m.


Madame Bovary: A Study in Realism (1893)

This class will be a close read of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1856), a watershed not only in nineteenth century realism, but in world literature. Madame Bovary is the the study of a bourgeois woman driven to escape a humdrum existence as the wife of a provincial doctor. Three Mondays: New dates: October 1, 8, 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings


International Literature

September 26, 7:00 pm
OUR LADY OF THE NILE, by Mukasonga
Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780914671039
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Archipelago - September 16th, 2014


Fascinating History

September 27, 7:30 pm
The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109808
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2016


Oh! The Horror!

September 30, 11:30 am
The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062094360
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 4th, 2011

Travel with Politics & Prose

Walking Tour of D.C's Meridian - 16th Street Neighborhood

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook author Andréa Seiger and photographer John Dean on a walking tour of the Meridian Hill - 16th Street neighborhood.

A Tour of Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Breweries

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Everyone knows Old Town Alexandria oozes charm and history, but did you know that the greater D.C. area’s first brewery opened in Alexandria in 1770? Join P&P and author Garrett Peck to discover the town’s brewing past, from the home of the first brewer, Andrew Wales, to the massive Tivoli Brewery, opened in 1869. We’ll walk in the steps of George Washington as we explore cobblestone alleys, repurposed brewery buildings, historic taverns, and archaeological artifacts such as a colonial-era ice well—and of course, Alexandria’s magnificent 18th-century architecture. 


Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This fall, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.