Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Seminars on Thursday Afternoons in September

James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds are pleased to announce that they will be offering 4 consecutive afternoon seminars sponsored by Durham Lifelong Learning at the Whitby Public Library next month.


Sept. 9th: Love Songs – Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

The tumultuous tragic story of the marriage of poet Sylvia Plath to Britain’s poet laureate Ted Hughes ended in Sylvia’s famous suicide. The Poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath will be read and discussed by the two presenters to demonstrate how art mimics life and death.

Sept. 16th: Reading as Writers:

We have all had the experience of being captured by a book, unable to put it down and being sorry when it’s over. But how is this done? What elements are essential to capture and hold a reader’s interest? In this seminar the two presenters explore the key aspects of what makes a great story.

Sept. 23rd: I Hate Poetry

Enjoy a humorous visit with language’s oldest art form, poetry. Until the invention of the printing press the most common method of remembering old stories and legends was to recreate them as poems. Reciting poetry was once a common evening pastime. What happened?! This seminar hopes to energize participants to enjoy poetry once again.

Sept. 30th: Full Disclosure – The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Expression.

Research has indicated that there are very real mental and physical health benefits derived from writing down what distresses and dismays you. This seminar reveals how writing can be an effective therapeutic technique.

Where: Whitby Public Library, Dundas Street, Whitby, Conference Room 1B.

When: 1:00 to 3:00 on Thursdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Cost: If spaces are available, non registrants may attend for $30.00 per Seminar. (Members of Durham Lifelong Learning pay an annual fee to attend these and several other events offered throughout the year.)

To learn more about Durham Lifelong Learning please visit http://www.durhamlifelearn.org/seminars.htm

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