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Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing: An Organic Approach to Story Telling

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this daylong program, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class writing exercises.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Pie, Squared: The Tasty Case for Slab Pies

Cathy Barrow, food writer and avid pie maker, is a fan of slab pie, baked in a sheet pan rather than a traditional one. Once she’s introduced you to its versatility—and offered a taste—you may never go round again.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2018–19 Season

The Emerson String Quartet continues to delight audiences at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for its 40th season with a 5-concert series. This concert features music by Schumann and Shostakovich.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Wreaths with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.