WRITING

With Aaron Hamburger

In this three-session course, we'll consider a variety of strategies to create a vivid sense of setting that goes beyond info-dump or set decoration and brings the world to life, adding a vibrant, essential element to your storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction. Two Mondays: June 13, 20 and One Tuesday June 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Online SOLD OUT

With Sandra Beasley

Sold Out Looking to enrich your understanding of contemporary poetry, and reflect it in your own writing? Each week, this class offers a writing prompt that puts our drafts in conversation. The guiding muse will be selections from The FSG Poetry Anthology, edited by Jonathan Galassi and Robyn Creswell. Five Thursdays: June 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon EDT Online

With Amber Clark

SOLD OUT Everyone has a story to tell, but how do you craft it engagingly? Join Amber Clark for a reprise of her sold out class. In this small group workshop, you will explore the art of the personal narrative essay. Five Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21 (instructional and generative) and July 19, 26 (feedback/workshopping), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT Online

With Joyce Winslow

Two sessions of lecture and in-class workshops teach the most successful ways to write, pitch, and place OP Eds. You’ll learn the proper structure, how to persuasively make your point and take down opposing arguments (politely). Two Tuesdays: August 2 and 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Online 

With Sarah P. and Michaele W.

Join novelist and professor Sarah Pleydell and author Michaele Weissman for a three-part deep dive into the context, craft, and continuing impact of Virginia Woolf’s prescient post-World War I novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Published 1925, Woolf’s masterwork speaks to the concerns of our time as few novels do. Three Sundays: July 31, August 7, 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT Online

With Randon Billings Noble

A lyric essay. Sounds intriguing – but what exactly is it? Come explore the more experimental side of the essay by reading – and sketching – flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab essays. (Hermit crab essays? Yes!) Find out more with Randon Billings Noble, essayist and editor of the new anthology of lyric essays A Harp in the Stars. Four Wednesdays: August 3, 10, 17, 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Online

Kate Reed Petty

This fun, inclusive workshop will equip you with the tools and connections to start a writing group. If you're a fiction or nonfiction writer, at any level of experience, join us for a day of prompts, exercises, and meeting other writers with shared goals and values. You will leave with several schemata for setting up a writing group that works, as well as new friends and a wider writing community. One Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Online

With Kate Reed Petty

Go from blocked to breakthrough — with design thinking. In this hands-on workshop, we will experiment with fun, innovative techniques for fueling a writing project from beginning to end. Useful for fiction and nonfiction writers of all experience levels. Four Thursdays: August 11, 18, 25 and September 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Online

Chloe Miller Michael Rosengart

Long time fitness instructor Michael Rosengart and writing teacher Chloe Yelena Miller will lead you through a sequence of physical and creative exercises that will help you in your writing practice. Your mind will be more focused and open to discovering new memories or connections, resolving issues in your writing and writing something new. One Saturday: October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT In person at Connecticut Ave classroom.

With Chloe Miller

We will start each class with free writing (brainstorming, writing in response to a prompt or writing.) There will be the option to share some of what we wrote together and ask questions. Craft suggestions, exercises and resources will be offered. Four Tuesdays: Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon EDT NOTE: CLASS MEETS at Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

POETRY

With Annie Finch

This class will explore the lives and poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath: friends, contemporaries, women of the 1960s, poets who chose to end their lives by suicide. What were the common and unique challenges that these two poets faced?  How were they products of their time? How did class, gender, and family history intersect in their lives? How did each of them craft a poetry that transformed their suffering?  We will read Plath’s poetry alongside the acclaimed new biography Red Comet, and Sexton’s alongside the classic biography based on her therapy tapes. Four Mondays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT Online

With Christopher Griffin

Although rooted in his native culture and a senator in the first Irish government, Yeats claimed that “art is tribeless, nationless, a blossom gathered in No Man’s Land.”  As Yeats said, “Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric; out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.”  Dabble in the Nobel Laureate's poetry, plays, and prose. His words have become part of our language, as in “A terrible beauty is born” and “Things fall apart.” Four Fridays: August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Online 

With Indran Amirthanayagam

Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet, writer in English, French and Portuguese, is perhaps the most curious personality in all of literature. He invented hundreds of alter-egos, personalities with distinct biographies and passions. He called some of them heteronyms. We will dive into poems by the “four poets” seeking to identify clues about the personality, passions, goals, spiritual needs and quest of their creator who is known today as an essential stop on the reading tour for all interested in the wonders of world literature. Four Thursdays: June 30, and July 7, 14, 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT Online

LIFESKILLS

With Jerry Webster

The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu (Tutu now recently deceased), have undergone a combined fifty years of exile as they witnessed each of their own nation's violence and suffering.  Join these two men as they discuss our common spiritual humanity and provide directions for a spiritual path which they say not only they, but we, too, can access.  In our second book, two lifetime meditation practitioners, Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson, both New York Times - bestselling authors, both social scientists, review old research and unveil new research showing what meditation can do for the brain, the body, and the mind. Four Wednesdays: June 22, 29, and July 6, 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT Online

With Jerry Webster

Join Jerry Webster as he guides the class through Thich Nhat Hahn and Joanna Macy in the quest to find mindfullness and activism. Four Wednesdays: Oct. 19, 26 and Nov 2, 9, from 6:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. EDT Online

FICTION

With Leigha McReynolds

Winning the 2021 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award for best novel, Network Effect was unanimously recognized as the best science fiction novel of 2020. Join this seminar-style, discussion-based class to consider why we love this novel so much and explore the deeper questions it raises about life. One Monday: July 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT Online 

With Leigha McReynolds

In this seminar-style, discussion-based class, we’ll look at two of the great fallen women of realist literature: The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot and Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy. (The latter is subtitled “A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.”) The heroines of both novels struggle magnificently but unsuccessfully against the limiting mores of their societies.  Six Wednesdays: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Online

With Helen Hooper

We’ll read her two most best-known, though very different, novels, “Angel” and “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont,” as well as several of her best New Yorker short stories. Three Tuesdays: July 19, July 26, and August 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online 

With Elaine Showalter

Elaine Showalter brings different authors into the conversation in a second session of her successful course. There is no need to have been apart of the earlier class and new students' thoughts and voices are welcome to join. In this class we will read key works by Elizabeth Hardwick, Jean Rhys, Angela Carter, and Nora Ephron. Four Thursday: July 21, 28 and August 4, 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT Online

With Michele L. Simms-Burton

Join former Howard University and University of Michigan professor Michele L. Simms-Burton for lively and spirited discussions of an epic first novel by poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois. Four Saturdays: August 6, 13, 20, and 27 from noon to 2 p.m. EDT Online Class. 

With Brittany Kerfoot

Join instructor and P&P’s former Director of Events, Brittany Kerfoot, for a class that explores Jennifer Egan’s most popular books, A Visit from the Goon Squad and her latest, The Candy House. Two Thursdays: September 15 and 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online

With Aaron Hamburger

In this four-session course, we'll do some close reading of a few of Orwell and Didion's most well-known work (including Didion's "Why I Write" which pays homage to Orwell) in order to understand why their work has been so significant and influential not only for other writers but also the culture at large. Four Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Hybrid Online and in person Conn. Ave. Classroom

With Michele Simms-Burton

Join former Howard University and University of Michigan professor Michele L. Simms-Burton for lively and spirited discussions of the early writings of James Baldwin: Another Country, Going to Meet the Man, Nobody Knows My Name, and No Name in the Street  Five Saturdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1 and 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. EDT Online

With Amber Clark

The course provides an opportunity to read, study, and discuss Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale We’ll examine the novel for its literary merit, including the sometimes-elusive nature of its narrator, its symbols, references, and thematic concerns. Six Tuesdays: August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EDT Online 

NONFICTION

With Janet Hulstrand

In this class we will read four nonfictional accounts of life in France. All four of these works offer valuable insights into French history, culture, and society, and will provide us with rich opportunities for discussing this endlessly fascinating people—and their beautiful language. Five Fridays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT Online

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY

With Reuben Jackson

Join poet and musician Reuben Jackson to groove and explore a timeless recorded document released 50 years ago. The Reverend Jesse Jackson once referred to Marvin Gaye's seminal 1971 suite What's Going On as a " Sermon From The Studio." We'll listen to a few movements from this recording, and discuss its groundbreaking impact on what was known as The Motown Sound, and its continued relevance--songs and themes that continue to resonate today. PLEASE NOTE: NEW DATE One Sunday, July 24th from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT Online

This two part class takes a deep dive into the history and legacy of the boarding schools that were established in the U.S. as part of a federal effort to forcibly remove and assimilate Native American children and youth away from their land base, families and culture. This class will consist of an online film and a discussion panel. On the panel will be Jordan Dresser who is currently the Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming and two experts from the Smithsonian Institute, Terry Snowball and Dr. Dorothy Lippert. "Home From School's" Director, Geoffrey O'Gara is the moderator. Wednesday: July 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online program