WRITING

With Joyce Winslow
Four techniques separate great writing from good writing. This unique class teaches one technique per week with in-class exercises that demonstrate the how and why. Four Thursdays: May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
With JiJi Lee

Join Shouts and Murmurs contributor JiJi Lee to learn the fundamentals of writing short-form humor. Four Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

with Mia Brabham Nolan

Join author and writer Mia Brabham Nolan to receive help getting “unstuck” in a current piece of work or writing you are working on, learning a few new storytelling skills along the way. Two Mondays: July 15th and 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

FUN FOR KIDS & TEENS

With Gareth Hinds

Calling all artists, storytellers and lovers of the classics! Get a look inside the workroom as we join bestselling graphic novelist Gareth Hinds for a family program about visual storytelling and adapting the classics. One Wednesday: June 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY

With Eric H. Cline

Join archaeologist and ancient historian Eric H. Cline to learn about how archaeology works, from deciding where to dig to figuring out how old something is; for armchair archaeologists as well as those about to go on their first excavation. Two Mondays: June 10 and 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

With Elisabeth Griffith

Because every month is women’s history month, this class will focus on four major struggles women engaged in to achieve equal rights. Women fought for: the right to learn and earn; the right to vote; the right to govern; and the right to survive and thrive. Four Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

With Richard Bell

Join UMD History Professor Richard Bell for a look at our now well-known Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Discuss what the Broadway musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why all that matters. Two Wednesdays: June 19 and 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET Online

With Garrett Peck

Join author Garrett Peck to explore the Manhattan Project, one of the twentieth century’s greatest but controversial scientific achievements that resulted in the atomic bomb. Three Wednesdays: July 10, 17, 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET Online

FICTION

With Leigha McReynolds

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Wilkie Collins by reading the novel he intended to be his masterwork. The epic sensation novel Armadale (1864) has it all: secret identities, intricate plots, and dangerous women. Together we’ll explore how Collins challenged Victorian orthodoxies and consider his literary legacy. Four Wednesdays: May 29, June 5, 12 and 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET Online

With Janet Hulstrand

The shadow of World War II still hangs very heavy over France, and recent events have rekindled fears of rising antisemitic activity in France and elsewhere. This class will discuss three books exploring the years preceding, during, and after the Nazi Occupation of France. Four Fridays: May 17, 31, June 14 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET Online

With Sarah Pleydell

Join instructor Sarah Pleydell as we work to demystify Virginia Woolf's seminal novel, The Waves. Two Saturdays: July 13 and 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET Online

With Brittany Kerfoot

Join instructor Brittany Kerfoot as we dive into perfect summer reading with four of Ann Patchett's novels. Together will read Bel Canto, Commonwealth, The Dutch House, and her newest novel, Tom Lake. Four Thursdays meeting biweekly: June 13, 27, July 11 and 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

With Heba F. El-Shazli

Travel to the Sultanate of Oman through the writings of Jokha Alharthi, the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English. Read her novels Bitter Orange Tree and Celestial Bodies, the first book translated from Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize. Two Tuesdays: July 30 and August 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

With Kara Keeling

Dorothy Sayers, one of the Queens of Crime Writers of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction in the 1920s–30s, gradually merged the detective novel with the novel of manners. These later books, following Lord Peter Wimsey’s courtship of the mystery writer Harriet Vane, breathed new life into the genre. Join us to discuss Sayers’s Wimsey-Vane quartet: Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon. Four Tuesdays: July 23, 30, August 6, and 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET Online

With Sørina Higgins

The once-and-future King Arthur, knights in shining armor, the Round Table, Camelot, Excalibur, Lancelot & Guinevere: we’ll look at some of the most influential works of Arthurian Legend and talk about why they’re so popular, how they’ve changed over time, and what’s important about them today. Three Thursdays: August 1, 8, and 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

POETRY

With David Keplinger

Join American University Professor and Director of AU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, David Keplinger, for a look into the draw of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Two Thursdays: July 11 and 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Online

 

With Michael Blumenthal

Join poet, novelist and former Director of Harvard’s Creative Writing Program Michael Blumenthal for a poetry writing workshop aimed at plumbing the unconscious to write poems that are both accessible and mysterious. Three Mondays: July 29, August 5, and 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET Online

MEDITATION & PHILOSOPHY

With Jerry Webster

Gain a healing connection to ourselves, others and the natural world in this meditation class based on the teachings of David Rome and Karen Armstrong. Four Wednesdays, July 31, and August 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Online 

CLASSICS

With Maria Frawley

Join George Washington University English Professor Maria Frawley to discuss Jane Austen's last complete novel, Persuasion. Two Tuesdays: June 4 and June 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

With Victoria Pedrick

What makes the Odyssey so eminently readable? Are we attracted to tales of trying to make it home? (Re)read the Odyssey in this summer course, the perfect time for wandering and adventure, and become reacquainted with this ancient epic. Six Wednesdays: July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7, 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online