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Six-week Courses

The Ancient Greeks
Presenter: Dick Donagher
Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The course will begin with an examination of the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. The development of the city-states, with a focus on Athens ad Sparta, will be carried to the golden Age of the fifth century BCE. The causes and consequences of the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War will be analyzed. Attention will be paid not only to political events but to the philosophies, religions, artistic trends, and the origins of historical studies which make up some of the components of the Classical world. Finally the transformation from Hellenic to Hellenistic civilization, after the conquests of Alexander the Great, will be examined.


 

Jump Start Your Creative Writing
Presenter: Vivian Grey
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Whether you are experienced or just getting started, this workshop will help you discover fresh ideas and techniques to apply to your own work, and ensure that your stories have sufficient narrative drive for the long haul.

Weeks 1- 3: Will focus on the basics and demystify how to create memorable characters, plot treatments, effective dialogue and description, explain the beginning vs. the opening, avoiding mid-story sag, and creating an ending that your reader will accept and remember.

Weeks 4 – 6: Will apply the basics. You’ll be helped to draw on your memory, powers of observation, and imagination to create your fiction or non-fiction story. Your story ideas can be based on your life experience, for instance, if you have a fascinating family history, or visited exotic countries, have a unique hobby, or have experienced a tragedy that you could share with others. Or perhaps you have a humorous beat on life or see events in a new and different way – these are just a few thoughts that could turn into a fiction or non-fiction story.

Each weekly interactive session combines lectures, discussions, class manuscript readings, and writing prompts. Writers of all levels and genres welcome.