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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Literature, Poetry and Film - Summer 2019


Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                           

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Films with Spence and Kate                                       

Monday                                              EL192022             


May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Greg Hall

Spencer Tracy was arguably the greatest movie actor of all time. In this course we will view and discuss 16 of his best performances, eight of them co-starring Katharine Hepburn: May 6 - San Francisco (1936); May 13 - Captains Courageous (1937); May 20 - Boys Town (1938); June 3 - Woman of the Year (1942); June 10 - Keeper of the Flame (1942); June 17 - A Guy Named Joe (1943); June 24 - Without Love (1945); July 1 - The Sea of Grass (1947); July 8 - State of the Union (1948); July 15 - Adam's Rib (1949); July 22 - Father of the Bride (1950); July 29 - Pat and Mike (1952); Aug 5 - Plymouth Adventure (1952); Aug 12 -  Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); Aug 19 - Desk Set (1957); and Aug 26 - The Last Hurrah (1958).


Beginning Memoir Writing                                        

Tuesday                                              EL192048             


May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Suzanne Kelly

Webster's Dictionary defines a memoir as "a narrative composed from personal experience." In this course, new students will begin writing and organizing their memories and experiences so that they will have a brief memoir covering the stages of their lives. Everyone is encouraged to share their writing each week. Many times a shared memory from one student brings a long-forgotten memory back to another. Everyone has a story. Come and share yours!


Continuing Memoir Writing                                      

Tuesday                                              EL192009             


May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Suzanne Kelly

In this course, students will continue recording and sharing their memories and experiences started in the Beginning Memoir Writing classes. Shared writings often lead to lively discussions and many times a shared memory from one student brings back a long-forgotten memory to another student. If you enjoy writing and the camaraderie of a small group, come join this class as we continue to record our memories for our children, grandchildren and friends.


Great Books                                      

Tuesday                                              EL192014              *$20


May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July 9, Aug 13

Instructor(s): Wade Curry and Sara Unetic

This course is a discussion of the short works or selections in "Great Conversations 2," published by the Great Books Foundation. The book, which is strongly suggested, is optionally available for purchase through the LLI office during Open Registration only with payment due at the time of registration. Alternatively, the books may be ordered from the Great Books Foundation or from a used book retailer. Students have found that reading followed by discussion is almost always a richer experience than reading alone. The expected reading schedule is: May 14 - Euripides, "Hekabe;" May 28 - Keats, Poems; June 11 - Hawthorne, "Ethan Brand;" June 25 - Mill, "The Criterion of a Good Form of Government;" July 9 - Santayana, "Masks;" and August 13 - Twain, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (a separate purchase).


Connecting With Books: A Book Discussion Group                                          

Wednesday                                      EL192052             


May 15, June 12, July 17, Aug 14

Instructor(s): Pam Bachman

Four works of current, literary fiction by popular, critically-acclaimed writers will be discussed, with background and author material provided by the instructor. The novels contain mysteries to be solved, people to be found, settings of time and place that cannot be ignored, and a child at the heart of each story. The selections include "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton, "The Missing" by Tim Gautreaux, "Hotel Paradise" by Martha Grimes, and "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles.


Aspiring Writer's Critique                                          

Friday                                  EL192015             


May 17, 31, June 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug 9, 23

Instructor(s): Dorothy Moses

This course is for aspiring writers who want gentle feedback on their writing. Are you working on your memoirs, a short story, novel or screenplay? Bring in a few pages each time we meet and get feedback from the group while giving your own comments on others’ work. Learn to be a better writer through giving and receiving constructive feedback.


PBS Foyle's War Murder Mystery Series                                              

Friday                                  EL192021             


May 17, 31, June 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug 9, 23

Instructor(s): Helene Wagner

This favorite, critically acclaimed original PBS series will return to us again  as it  weaves it's mystery with real historical events that took place during World War II in the 1940's.  Set in the south coast of England, amid the disorder and danger, "Foyle's War" takes place far from the glory of the front lines. Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) stars as quietly enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle. His is an ordinary struggle against every day evil in extraordinarily dangerous times. Also starring is Anthony Howell as Paul Miller, Andrew Ovenden as Foyle's son and Honeysuckle Weeks as Sam Steward.  Foyle's War reviews: "Like a gift from the gods" - The New York Times. "One of the best mysteries you'll ever see on the telly"' - San Francisco Chronicle.  "A triumph from start to finish" - The Wall Street Journal. The viewing schedule is as follows: Inside Foyle's War (May 17), The German Woman (May 31), The White Feather (June 14), A Lesson in Murder (June 28), Eagle Day (July 12), Fifty Ships (July 26), Among the Few (August 9), and War Games (August 23).


Your Storied Life                                             

Monday                                              EL192076             


May 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1

Instructor(s): John Countryman

This course is about “storying” later life. We “read,” “write,” and “perform” our life stories every day and are rarely conscious of doing so. Explore how actually reading, writing, and performing techniques and strategies will allow us to do so more intentionally and creatively. It may even open new doorways to your self-awareness and growth.


Self-Publishing Your Book                                          

Wednesday                                      EL192075             


May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26, July 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Anne McAneny

This course will teach you how to take your completed manuscript and turn it into a publicly available book on Amazon and other sites through self-publishing. Formerly known as vanity publishing, self-publishing has disrupted the traditional publishing model and opened up the world of authorship to everyone. You can turn your manuscript into a professional-looking ebook or paperback with a few strokes of the keyboard. You’ll learn the basics, such as the definitions of ebook, Kindle, Nook, and print-on-demand. You’ll experience the process of uploading a manuscript to Amazon, complete with cover, captivating description, price, and author profile. You’ll learn how to track sales and set up special price promotions. We’ll talk about the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing, as well as how to promote your book to the reading public. You’ll learn how to format your manuscript and what to include in the front and back matter. The industry changes daily, but you’ll leave with a list of websites that will allow you to keep up and learn the latest whenever you’re ready to publish. If you want to bring your laptop, you’ll be able to follow along or implement some suggestions as we go along. There will always be time for questions at the end of each class.


The French Apartment Table Read                                         

Friday                                  EL192074             


May 24

Instructor(s): Helene Wagner and Friends

Enjoy some of Richmond's most talented actors as they present a full length, performance table read of Helene Wagner's romantic comedy play, The French Apartment.  Emma Jackson, a Texas beauty and barrel racing champion, learns her fiancé may or may not have cheated on her five days before their wedding. On the same day, she finds out she's inherited a French Apartment. Her mama tells her, "We don't have any French heritage at all in our family tree, only good, old American Texas stock."  Once in Paris, Emma meets Julien Roux, a handsome, French appraiser. Both feel an instant attraction for each other. Julien tells her the apartment comes with a mystery to solve. "Why was the apartment locked for 74 years with all of its contents, including secrets from long ago and lost loves left behind?"  Emma soon begins to learn of her French Grandmother's love stories which begin to intertwine with her own love story to help her to decide which man to choose. The man who's loved her his whole life who may not have cheated on her? Or, listen to her mama's advice. “Don't talk to any of those good lookin' handsome Frenchmen because I always heard they were nothin' but a bunch of babe magnets.” What's a girl to do?


Poe and the Southern Literary Messenger                                          

Monday                                              EL192027             


July 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

Poe joined the staff of Richmond’s Southern Literary Messenger at a time when American Literature was dominated by northern writers. Within months, Poe had established a national reputation and had drastically increased the magazine’s circulation. During his tumultuous year and a half at the magazine, he was fired twice, wrote his only play, published the first chapters of his only novel, printed his first horror story, perpetuated his first hoax, and got married. This course will explore the Richmond literary scene of Poe’s day and the ways he both embraced and rejected it on his way to becoming an internationally famous author in his own time.


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