Literature & Writing

Instructor(s):
Darlene Montonaro
Wednesdays, January 8-29 |10 a.m. - noon

Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Parr
Wednesdays, January 8 - 29, 2020|7-8:30 p.m.

During this four-week course led by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, participants will read Circe by Madeline Miller alongside selections from the The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson.

Instructor(s):
Matt Weinkam
Thursdays, January 9-30 |10 a.m. - noon

Have a story to share? Looking to hone your prose? This four-week workshop is designed to help you get started on a short piece of fiction. Together we’ll practice each stage of the writing process from writing prompts to revision. Fiction of any form, length, or genre is welcome. No experience necessary. 

Instructor(s):
Paula Kalamaras
Mondays, January 13-March 2|1-2:30 p.m.

This course will study the works of Jane Austen which are known to be funny, insightful, and immortal. Books: Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Instructor(s):
Cara Byrne
Thursdays, January 16–February 13|10 - 11:30 a.m.

What should you be reading to your children or grand-children? Each year in late January, a small group of librarians announces the most distinguished American picture books for children. Notable past winners include Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, and The Polar Express.

Instructor(s):
Terry Meehan
Mondays, January 20-March 9 |10:30 a.m. - noon

E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day are considered two of the twentieth century’s finest British novels by two of Britain’s most celebrated writers.

Instructor(s):
Linda Tuthill
Wednesdays, January 22 - March 4|1:00- 3:00 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Linda Tuthill
Thursdays, January 23 - March 5|1-3 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Matt Weinkam
Thursdays, February 6-27|1-3 p.m.

Are you writing a novel? Short stories? Flash fiction? It’s all welcome in this four-week workshop designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction, no matter the form or genre. Writers should be prepared to submit one piece of fiction in advance of the first workshop.

Instructor(s):
Michael Wells; Thom Yantek
Fridays, February 7-March 13|10:30 a.m. - noon

It’s hard to go wrong with good material, and the Latin poet Virgil didn’t miss his chance.

Instructor(s):
Joanne Podis
Mondays, March 2-23|1-3 p.m.

During the past two decades, there has been an explosion of interest in Jane Austen, resulting in films, TV shows, Internet videos, and more.

Instructor(s):
Darlene Montonaro
Wednesdays, March 4-25|10 a.m. - noon

Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion.

Instructor(s):
Daniel Melnick
Mondays, April 6-May 11|1-3 p.m.

Virginia Woolf achieved breakthroughs both in feminist thinking and in the “stream of consciousness” psychological novel. We’ll explore how these breakthroughs are shaped by her own psychological history, her path-breaking explorations of women’s lives, and the intellectual ferment of the Bloomsbury movement (which included the economist J. M.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Parr
Wednesdays, May 6-27|7-8:30 p.m.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan explores the Irish-American story of Thomas Meagher. Please read the first six chapters for the first class.