This is a chronological study of English classic novels and authors selected for an in-depth study. This is achieved through a comprehensive examination of plot, characters etc by reading, the use of videos and group discussion.  Thursday
In this course participants have the opportunity to engage with a local writer who wants to inspire you to find that hidden novel within. Learn and discuss basic techniques that can be used to begin a journey that may last a lifetime. During the 10 week course the focus will be on a series of units that will discuss basic aspects, pitfalls and approaches to adopt that will open up the creative process to you…..and maybe, the production of a gem that deserves publication. Thursday
Learn about the development of poetry, the poets and their poems from earliest times to the present and the ways in which they structured their thoughts to present their work. Read many poems from many sources in varied styles. Write poems of your own in different styles and have them published in a class anthology. Discuss poems created by you and your classmates: why you chose the topics, the use of descriptive words, how to illustrate your works, poems from the past that affect you, and different English language poetic styles from all over the world. Tuesday
This course will explore three of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. These superb plays contain powerful dramatic verse, humorous exchanges and enduring themes that continue to speak to our times. Othello, a play with racial undercurrents of a jealous man duped into destroying the one he most loves. Richard II , a flawed leader who learns, too late, the shifting nature of power. As you like it, a witty romp through the forest of Arden with the sassy Rosalind, who turns adversity into triumph and captures the heart of her one true love. The class will develop a knowledge and appreciation of these plays through reading and discussion, and viewing DVD scenes from recent, quality production. This class is suitable for members who have participated in earlier classes of Shakespeare, or have some prior knowledge of Shakespeare but wish to learn more. Preparedness to read dramatic text in class and a willingness to be involved in classroom discussion is required. Relevant handouts will be provided Friday
In this course participants will explore Shakespeare’s most popular sonnets, as well as some of the lesser known. Students will be able to access readings available on YouTube and Instagram, and then share their impressions in class. Aspects of the sonnets that will be covered include language, rhyme, and metre. Through the poems it is hoped that members will gain some insights into life in Shakespeare’s time and the influences upon him. Thursday

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