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Literature + Writing

Literature + Writing

Thursdays, April 20-May 25 | 1–3 p.m.
 

Susan Kisch, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Canadian writers, our close northern neighbors and fellow English speakers, have their unique perspectives. Urban writers see their world differently from those from rural areas, or those who focus on specific ethnicities. While such authors as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro are noted for their novels, we will concentrate on their powerful short stories.

Required text: Canadian Short Stories by Russell Brown and Donna Bennett (ISBN# 0-321-24850-3)


Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

 

Mondays, May 1-22 | 1:30-3 p.m.

 

Sylvia Abrams, Retired Dean, Siegal College of Judaic Studies

 

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Geraldine Brooks is a master of historical fiction. She succeeds in creating lives for characters whose inner struggles are silent in the historical narrative. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. From the Bible, Brooks has created the story of the legendary warrior, King David. "Perhaps the hardships of war and the intricacies of human behavior are always at the heart of Brook's books."  We will compare and contrast these two historical novels: March and The Secret Chord.


Cuyahoga County Public Library, Orange Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended) REGISTER >

 

 

Wednesdays, May 3-June 14

1–3 p.m.

 

Linda Tuthill, Instructor in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez believed, Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it. The class will share memories that have been distilled and shaped into memoir, giving and receiving constructive feedback. Newcomers welcome.

 

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Kutina Classroom | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 |  REGISTER >

Wednesdays, May 3-31 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Barbara Parr, Instructor in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

The Struggle of the underclass in our country is an issue that has transcended generations. This five-week class will begin with JD Vance's new best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. It is a disturbing, vivid and heart-rending look at his experiences while growing up in a dysfunctional family living in extreme poverty. To highlight the universal theme of class struggle, this course will also read F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby. Both of these books will allow students to observe, analyze and discuss class issues. Participants should read the first six chapters of Hillbilly Elegy before the first class.

 

Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended) REGISTER >

Thursdays, May 4-June 15 | 1–3 p.m.
 

Linda Tuthill, Instructor in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Poets develop the habit of paying close attention to the world around them and look for fresh ways of seeing and connecting images.  Bring 15 copies of a poem to the first class. Work read in class receives supportive feedback. Newcomers welcome.

 

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, The Pink Pig | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, July 13 | 2-3:30 p.m.

 

Susan Bond, Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

Ramona Charles, Certified Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

 

Guided Autobiography as developed by Dr. James Birren at the University of Southern California is a structured opportunity for people to share stories from their life experiences. This lecture will describe the background, structure and benefits of participating in a Guided Autobiography group. Selected exercises will provide an experience of the Guided Autobiography process. (This lecture also serves as a preview of the Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography class, taking place July 27-August 31, led by Susan Bond and Ramona Charles.)

 

Landmark Centre | Members & Nonmembers: free |  REGISTER >

Thursdays, July 27-August 31 | 1-3 p.m.

 

Susan Bond, Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

Ramona Charles, Certified Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

 

Guided by a trained facilitator, participants are led through themes and activities that evoke memories of events, experiences and patterns of life. Each week each participant will write up to two pages of memories, stories or thoughts on that week's theme and share these with the group at the next session. The focus is on the sharing and no particular writing skills are required.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 |  REGISTER >