This June, Ada Books finally gets some class; specifically, a Frequency Writers class! Here are the details:*
Literary ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)**
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced English language learners interested in developing their reading, writing and conversation skills through literature and creative writing. Learners will explore both classic and contemporary short stories, essays, and poems that span cultures and perspectives in North America and discuss them with an eye for content, context, and craft. Readings may include works by Ralph Ellison, Raymond Carver, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Kazuo Ishiguro, Shirley Jackson, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, among others. They will also learn about the background of the writers they read and what inspired them to write and reflect on their own journeys and relevance of their voices in today’s society.
Learners will write weekly creative pieces based on exercises inspired by the texts. They will receive individualized feedback on their work with attention to grammar, vocabulary, and craft tailored to their English levels and personal goals. They will then choose one or two of their pieces to revise, share at a final reading open to the public, and possibly submit for publication.
Classes will meet once a week for two hours for six weeks during the summer. Learners will do the reading outside of class at their own pace, and may complete writing exercises in class or opt to take more time with them at home.
Instructor: Maryann Ullmann
Dates: Wednesdays, 6/14-7/19
* Rates for the class can be found at Frequency Writers' website.
** This text is available in Spanish on the website.