Writing and Literature

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  • Classics and 20th c. Revisions, Online (Zoom)


    We will read and discuss three classics, Beowulf, King Lear, and Jane Eyre, paired with 20th century works, Grendel, A Thousand Acres, and Wide Sargasso Sea, that play upon and present a new perspective on the original plots. John Gardner tells the story from Grendel’s point of view, Jane Smiley recreates the story of Lear […]

  • Drama, the Good Kind, Online (Zoom)


    We will read and discuss some of the most outstanding plays of the twentieth century, including Sartre’s No Exit, Becket’s Waiting for Godot, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Shaffer’s Equus, and Edson’s Wit.

  • The Short Story Cafe


    Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts a lively and informal discussion of the short story form that examines how authors handle structural elements such as plot, character, point-of-view, and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two (sometimes three) stories by well-known (and some lesser known!) contemporary masters of the form. […]