Poetry In Winter

Nancy Bryan, adjunct faculty, Brookdale, MFA Creative Writing

A favorite poetry professor said: “The perfect age to write poetry is when a child is nine years old – she has no idea what poetry is.” What does it take to write a poem? Playfulness? Being open–letting the poem write itself? Poetry can be prayer. It can be attention to the world around us. Emily Dickinson knew it was poetry “if I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off.” Poetry is solace. There are many ways to see and experience poetry. Come write and read poems to find comfort and creativity in winter. All levels of writing experience welcome.

Sat, Feb 10, noon-3 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XWRIT 084

Keeping Up Appearances – Short Stories

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Expand your perspectives with three extraordinary short stories of powerful emotions. Experience the protagonists’ inner struggles and outer difficulties through exceptional storytelling. Misery by Anton Chekhov, My First Goose by Isaac Babel and Rope by Katherine Anne Porter. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Mar 13-Mar 27, 10 am-noon  •  Freehold Branch Campus
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 098

Going Viral – Writing For Online Publication

Matt Hershberger, writer, editor, instructor

Writing on the internet is fundamentally different from traditional print media. Learn how to use internet writing as a creative outlet, as a supplement to your business, or as a way to establish yourself as an expert and build a name for yourself. Topics include: the basics of internet writing, how to promote yourself effectively, how to find your audience, how to pitch your work, and how to get paid. The instructor is a writer and editor at the Matador Network, the world’s largest independent travel publisher. He has extensive freelance experience in the US and internationally, and has been published on Fox News, the Daily Meal, and Business Insider. 3 SESSIONS

Wed, Mar 14-28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XWRIT 085

Stories We Carry – Creative Writing

Nancy Bryan, adjunct faculty, Brookdale, MFA Creative Writing

Everyone has difficult events in their life. These are often stories we carry inside. Join us to unearth your personal narrative, reframe it, and see your story through a different lens. Group sharing, support and encouragement for revelation, and in-class writing prompts to inspire and discover new perspective. Instructor Nancy Bryan presented the first ever Narrative Medicine conference at Brookdale. She believes storytelling promotes health and wellbeing. Writing poetry is her “narrative medicine” but with a masters degree in creative writing she guides all aspiring writers to articulate and shape the stories they carry. Take control of your internal environment by writing your story – make the difficult event into art. 6 SESSIONS

Tues, Apr 3-May 8, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XWRIT 080

Time Out Poetry

Janet Boyarin, librarian

In this new age of anxiety, it is easy to lose our connection to beauty and the earth. Poetry can help us reconnect to nature and ground ourselves again. We will read and discuss poems by Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry and others in order to pause for breath from our hectic lives. There will be time at the end of class for those who wish to read their own or other favorite poems. Readings will be emailed prior to class.

Fri, Apr 6, 10:30 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XWRIT 067

Controversial Plays In New Jersey: Reflection & Discussion

Liz deBeer, MA, EdD, English & education instructor

America is considered the land of free speech, but even here some critically acclaimed literature is challenged. Explore plays that were banned or challenged right here in New Jersey including Pippin, The Producers, Death of the Maiden, and The Laramie Project. Review the Supreme Court decision about banned books and discuss the following questions: What is worthy literature? Why are some topics controversial? What do these controversies say about our own communities? Are there circumstances where books, plays, or topics should be censored? Students are encouraged to read the following plays: Death of a Maiden by Ariel Dorfman for the first session and The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman for the second session. 2 SESSIONS

Thurs, April 12 & 19, 10-noon
Fee & Code: $39 HUML 113