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Literature Live – Emily Dickinson

with Stephen Collins

A six-week course

Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

September 23 through October 28

Join Stephen Collins for six consecutive Fridays for a seminar on the poetry of Emily Dickison, considered one of the giants of American Poetry along with iconic figures such as Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. Long before women had the right to vote, before the term feminist was widely used, there was Emily, quietly and satirically commenting on the vagaries and inconsistencies of American culture.

We will examine some of her most famous poems as well as some of the less famous, less anthologized one. Participants will discuss and analyze the poems.

The fee for the six-week course is $130. Class size is limited to 15 attendees.

Stephen Collins – Actor/Educator, grew up in Cambridge and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. His love of literature, teaching, and performance has culminated a unique teaching style that engages and excites his students to love and understand the written word as much as he does. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout New England. The newest addition to his repertoire is a one-man show “Sailing Towards My Father” by Carl A. Rossi. Stephen performed the show at Arrowhead, Pittsfield MA, where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick. 

Stephen also works as a professionally licensed tour guide doing narrated historical tours of Boston. He now has eight one-man shows and seven courses where his teaching style has been described as a hybrid between lecture and performance.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Poetry for Everyone

Find your poetic voice in this 90-minute session. Students will learn how to express themselves through several types of poetry. We’ll read some poems, look at how they are constructed and discuss how to generate ideas for poems. We’ll try out some fun creativity experiments. Each student will have the opportunity to write at least one poem of their own. The instructor will provide prompts and instructions for a variety of poetry forms.

The fee for the workshop is $35. Class size is limited to 20 attendees.

Bonnie Riedinger is a writer and artist. Her poetry has been published in journals based in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.  She received her MFA in poetry and fiction from The Ohio State University and has taught creative writing at several colleges and universities. She has been a journalist and editor with non-fiction publications in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Writer’s Chronicle. She enjoys helping students, whether beginning or advanced, advance their writing goals and experience the joy of creativity.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.