Literature 101: The Bible

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

A continuing examination of the most famous literature of all time. The Bible is as much a source of intriguing stores as religious teachings; it reflects historical situations, human events, and our reactions to these happenings. Its stories are referenced throughout great literature spanning the globe. Whatever your personal background, you will enjoy this discussion of stories and events with an emphasis on literary motifs, relationships, psychology, and as a source for Western values and ideas. No prior bible study necessary. Please bring a Bible to class. 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Aug 22-Sep 12, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XPHIL 039

Another Crisis?

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Some of life’s mistakes or poor decisions are within our control, but many are not. Short stories examine which is which with characters and situations echoing real life in all its strange and spectacular paths. Clarify your own thinking, feelings and possible actions. Stories are: Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin, Cathedral by Raymond Carver and Theft by Katherine Anne Porter. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Sep 25-Oct 9, 10 am-noon
Freehold Branch Campus
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 098

Memoir Writing

Nancy Bryan, MFA, adjunct faculty, Brookdale

Through in-class writing exercises, reading, and discussion you will discover new paths to your story. We will look for the language and images that shine in your work, and push to the edge of our personal experiences-to discover what we perceive and what we can’t perceive. This is a mostly generative workshop so join us to create, imagine and write anew. 6 SESSIONS

Tues, Sep 25-Oct 30, 2-4 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XWRIT 012

Evermore: Discussing Poe

Elizabeth deBeer, MA, EdD

The fall with its crisp weather and growing shadows is the ideal time to read and discuss America’s most famous Gothic writer: Edgar Allan Poe. Explore Poe’s personal life, some of his most famous works including The Raven, Annabel Lee and The Masque of the Red Death as well as his literary contributions that have impacted literature 200 years after his death.

Thurs, Oct 25, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $29, XHUML 114

Finding Joy: Readings And Discussion

Elizabeth deBeer, MA, EdD
Janet Boyarin, MLS

The Dalai Lama has said, “When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do.” Using selections from his and Desmond Tutu’s The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World as a jumping off point, we will explore finding joy in our own lives. Selected poems, short essays and quotes will add to the relaxing and enjoyable discussion. Brief suggested reading list will be emailed. 2 SESSIONS

Fri, Nov 2-16 (no class Nov 9), 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 115

Screenwriting For Film Fans

Ryan Moore, instructor

Love films? Appreciate them on a different level by understanding the fundamentals of screenwriting, the hidden backbone of all films. Learn story structure and storytelling techniques by studying award-winning short films and reading segments of the screenplays of classic films. Master the screenplay format and write your very own short screenplay! No experience required.

Sat, Nov 10-Dec 8 (no class Nov 24), 10 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XWRIT 013

Poetry As Discovery

Nancy Bryan, MFA, adjunct faculty, Brookdale

A primarily generative workshop that includes discussion of student work. Includes writing exercises that attempt to reach the unconscious parts of our memory, challenge our perceptions, and dig into the mystery of our memories and images. Our human experiences are unique but our common connections can often be found through poetry. We will read published poetry for inspiration as we look for the energy in our own writing. All levels of writing experience welcome. 4 SESSIONS

Tues, Nov 13-Dec 4, 2-3:30 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XWRIT 084

Woman writing next to a laptop

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