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Authors, Books, & Writing Programs
Washington: City of Writers

Literary history—and that of the nation’s capital—is written in the words of Walt Whitman, Henry Adams, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and many other authors who called the city home. Writer and local historian Kim Roberts offers a lively cultural overview of D.C. through a literary lens.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do novelists like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads a 4-session course about authors whose works uniquely define what it means to write about the South. This session discusses The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Timeless Journey

Dante’s epic poem, a portrayal of the human condition both terrible and sublime, is explored by Frank Ambrosio, director of Georgetown University’s My Dante Project. He lays out a roadmap that allows you to follow the poet’s journey to personal discovery.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
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.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Sherlock Holmes in the Magnifying Glass

There’s no mystery why the fame of Sherlock Holmes now stretches into a third century. Writer Daniel Stashower turns a magnifying glass on the legendary sleuth of Baker Street and his creator. He is joined by actor Scott Sedar who reads from some of Conan Doyle’s classic works. A reception follows the program.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do novelists like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads a 4-session course about authors whose works uniquely define what it means to write about the South. This session discusses A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

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Monday, December 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do novelists like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads a 4-session course about authors whose works uniquely define what it means to write about the South. This session discusses A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.