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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

Elements of Writing: Character from the Ground Up (1821)

Tackle characterization head-on in this exercise-focused course designed to make your characters jump off the page! Two Tuesdays: March 13, 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Poetry Workshop: Exploration and Innovation of Poetic Forms (1833)

Interact with different poetic forms and explore contemporary aesthetics through a combination of in-class exercises and workshopping. Five Saturdays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 11 to 1 p.m.

Elements of Writing: Plot: The Four-Letter Word that Strikes Fear into the Heart of Most Writers (1823)

Discussion in this class aims to define plot, as well as its distinctions from story and action, before using a newfound understanding of the term to investigate the work of published authors and fellow students. Two Tuesdays: March 27, April 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



February 21, 12:30 pm
Known and Strange Things: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989786
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Trade - August 9th, 2016


Fascinating History

February 22, 7:30 pm
George F. Kennan: An American Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122159
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2012



February 25, 3:30 pm
STRANGE FIRE, by Wallach
Strange Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481468381
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

Travel with Politics & Prose


Sunday, April 8, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This spring, 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 spring bloom and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

Politics and Prose in Provence featuring Mystery Writer M.L. Longworth

April 15 through 21, 2018

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a delightful week in southern France. We’ll visit sites associated with artists Cézanne and van Gogh and writer Émile Zola, as well as experiencing classic Provençal food, wine, and culture. We’ll settle in for three days in Aix-en-Provence, known for its abundance of beautiful fountains, and then three days in St. Rémy, with side trips to Arles and Les Baux.

The Jazz History Tour

Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m.


Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.