Literature

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
Members will 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. Monday
This course will explore three of William Shakespeare’s most superb plays. These plays reflect the universal human condition-its vices, virtues, emotions, motivations and actions. They contain powerful dramatic verse, as well as humorous exchanges and scenarios. Anthony and Cleopatra, a play about great love, war and the struggle for empire in the classical era. Richard III, a play about unbridled ambition, deceit and murder in the dying days of the War of the Roses. The Comedy of Errors, a play about twins, mistaken identity, and the misapprehensions and absurdities arising from a family separated by mischance. 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
Something to excite Bob Dylan fans and critics, and those interested in rock and roll history. This course poses the questions: is it time to move Dylan out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of classical poets? This 6 week course will look at the controversial topic of Dylan's sources, what inspires him and why he won the Nobel Prize for literature. Wednesday
The goal of this 6 week course, hands-on workshop is to help members get started writing their memoir. It will include how to focus the theme, how to bring the story to life using the elements of good storytelling. Participants will get tips and techniques to use when writing a memoir that will hold the attention of their readers. Wednesday

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