With Carrie Callaghan

In his most sweeping novel yet, Anthony Doerr takes us from 15th century Constantinope and environs to modern day Idaho to an interstellar transport in an indistinct future. This ambitious novel gathers inspiration from the ancient Greek stage onward, and weaves a captivating story that asks poignant questions about sacrifice, literature, and hope. Our two-session class will explore those themes as evidenced in the novel as well as some of Doerr's source material. Two Wednesdays: November 30th and December 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET Online

With Nicole Miller

Travel into the mists of time to revisit a classic which has inspired countless readers to become writers themselves— and see for yourself why “Great Expectations” rose to the high-water mark of the Victorian novel to become the household word of a century. Five Mondays: November 14, 21, 28, and December 5, 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. ET Online

With Paul Goldberg

The Master and Margarita, a dark comedy by Mikhail Bulgakov, is one of the most significant novels of the 20th century. It’s a synthesis of Faust, a bit of Don Quixote and a lot of Gogol. In addition to this novel, we will cover two of Bulgakov’s works—Diaboliad and The Fatal EggsDiaboliad, a prequel to The Master and Margarita, will allow us to examine the novel’s building blocks. The Fatal Eggs, homage to H.G. Wells, is irresistibly evocative of Russia’s current war with Ukraine. We will accomplish this over two class sessions. Two Thursdays: January 26 and February 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online   

With Kornblatt and Beck

Postponed Join the conversation between former D.C. resident Joyce Kornblatt (author of, among other novels, The Reason for Wings) and Evelyn (“Evi”) Torton Beck, Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies as they explore the layers of this complex novel. New dates TK


With Pleydell and Weissman

This class is the latest iteration of the leaders’ popular Unexpected Knowledge workshops in which they use the concrete and the ordinary to help writers discover themselves. Class time is divided between writing and discussion. Students will share their work in breakout sessions. Two Sundays: December 4 and 11 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. ET Online

With Julia Cameron

Learn writing tools which will inspire creative renewal with author of "The Artist's Way" Julia Cameron & her editor Joel Fotinos. One Saturday: January 7th from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Chloe Miller Michael Rosengart

Long time fitness instructor Michael Rosengart and writing teacher Chloe Yelena Miller will lead you through a sequence of physical and creative exercises that will help you in your writing practice. Your mind will be more focused and open to discovering new memories or connections, resolving issues in your writing and writing something new. One Saturday: January 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET In person at Connecticut Ave classroom.


With Frank Ambrosio

Join Philosophy Professor Frank Ambrosio for a close reading of the importance and fascination Simone Weil. Genuine originality is almost unimaginable today in the moral, political and religious dimensions of our lives and societies. We rightly sense that were it to appear, it would be strange and deeply disturbing. This is the importance and fascination of Simone Weil. She puts a human face on the suffering of those who are starving for justice, for truth, for human dignity and love - in other words, all of us – and challenges us to allow our attention to dwell on what is all around us, yet remains unseen. Six Thursdays: November 3, 10, 17, (no class 11/24- Thanksgiving), and December 1, 8, 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

With Nicole Miller

Hailed as a masterpiece of 20th century nonfiction, Nabokov's Speak, Memory is as much thought- experiment as memoir, stretching time across language, image, and symbol. In this class, we will be relishing the style and synesthesia of Speak, Memory, lingering over small morsels of prose, travelling from “sun fleck to sun fleck,”  as we read for effects and “the awakening of consciousness” in the author, as well as ourselves. Three Saturdays: February 4, 11, 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET Online


With Christopher Griffin

Although rooted in his native culture and a senator in the first Irish government, Yeats claimed that “art is tribeless, nationless, a blossom gathered in No Man’s Land.”  As Yeats said, “Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric; out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.”  Dabble in the Nobel Laureate's poetry, plays, and prose. His words have become part of our language, as in “A terrible beauty is born” and “Things fall apart.” Five Fridays: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, from 6 to 8 p.m


With Heba F. El-Shazli

The river Nile has nourished many peoples and their civilizations along its banks over the centuries and inspired many stories, tragedies, violence, power, and control… this course will travel along the Nile and meet the people, their stories, and cultures along the way – south to north. Join us on this literary journey along the Nile River through historical books, novels, and mystery. Five Mondays: January 23, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. ET Online