During this course we will read and discuss the Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer . The Iliad tells of the last stage of the ten year siege of Troy and the events and passions that influenced this significant conflict. As we encounter the Wrath of Achilles, we will experience the early narratives that provided some of the structural roots of Western Thought and Western Culture.
Our journey back into early memories will also include a discussion of the interaction between the Mediterranean societies and the Near Eastern and Indo European cultures.
Are you looking for a class to improve your creative writing skills? This class does just that and in a relaxed and friendly environment. In each class we workshop submitted pieces and provide constructive directions and ideas for improvement. OK, we laugh a lot as well, and sometimes we cry, but that is also the point — we trust and respect each other. It doesn’t matter where you feel you are in the journey of writing, just beginning, experienced or somewhere in between, because you will find insights offered into style, structure, content and presentation.
Following the success of our course Creative Writing, we are pleased to also offer a new and exciting course from Term 1, 2016 which will be led by award-winning writer Rebecca Hayman. This course will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of writing, helping participants turn their good idea into a ripping yarn. Topics to be covered include choosing the right form for your idea, maintaining dramatic tension, creating vibrant description and more.
To introduce a class entitled " Shakespeare Rocks " Shakespeare is simply the greatest poet and dramatist of all time . His truths are universal and resonate with the many themes that seek to explore insights into the human condition . Shakespeare is as relevant today as he was in the C16 and C17 . John Bell says it best - " We must not allow Shakespeare to become simply a lovely antique ". I have taught English and English Literature for 35 years and thus feel highly qualified to embark on this voyage .
Following the success of the Book Club in Eltham we have decided to try one in Hurstbridge. The coordinators prefer to choose books without the restraint of library sets so members will need to buy or borrow a book a month.
The course will run each month February to December, including school holidays.