April 03, 2007
Two courses are taught and open to the community. Courses include:
German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in an attempt to clarify the nature of poetry, wrote,"For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough) - they are experiences." By paying attention to the world around and within them, poets use words to open the world in new ways. Bring 15 copies of a poem to share with a group invested in the process of writing poetry. By giving and receiving supportive feedback, we learn from each other.
For the fall session we will examine selections from The Best American Essays 2005, edited by Susan Orlean and use them as springboards for class assignments. Orlean calls essays "the most intimate of reading experiences, in which the reader is invited to eavesdrop as the writer works through a thought or excavates a memory." Participants will share writing with the class, giving and receiving supportive feedback. Books will be available for purchase at the first session.
Kathy Manos, Director of Continuing Education