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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM

As part of a 4-Session Course, three celebrated novels and a play about World War I allow us to explore the suffering and tragedy at the heart of this deadly and destructive conflict more personally than any purely historical account. Susan Willens and Virginia Newmyer lead an examination of the era as depicted by authors whose disquieting stories reveal what war was really like. This session discusses the book, Regeneration.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Whether it’s to document family recipes, or to promote your own restaurant’s signature dishes, you’ve been meaning to develop a cookbook—but how to begin? Cookbook author and writer Monica Bhide provides the essential ingredients to help you get started.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Beatrix Potter biographer, Linda Lear, provides an intimate look into the life of the beloved author of Peter Rabbit, who used her talent and wealth to preserve the Lake District landscape that had inspired her art.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM

A writer of astonishing versatility, Robert Louis Stevenson’s tales of adventure and reinvention still captivate us. Stephen Arata of the University of Virginia traces how this son of a Scottish lighthouse engineer became one of the Victorian era’s most prominent literary voices.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM

What happened to your great idea for a novel, memoir, or short story? Spend a day with author Kathryn Johnson of the Writer’s Center and begin to master the essential tools of the writing trade—and transform that idea into a reality.