Spanish at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 22 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Spanish is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. In this class you will develop basic language skills for travel, business, and enjoyment. This course covers the vocabulary needed to deal with everyday situations wherever Spanish is spoken. In addition, various aspects of daily life in the Hispanic world will be discussed.

French at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

If you plan to go to France, Quebec, or any place else where French is spoken, for business or pleasure, this course is a must! Come join us and learn basic pronunciation and practical conversational French. In addition, various aspects of daily life in French-speaking countries will be discussed.

Robert Kahn, Ph.D., taught Spanish and French for many years at Millsaps College. Presently, he is Senior Consultant for International Education at the college.

How to Edit What You Write
Instructor: Gerard Helferich
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 30 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Published authors will tell you that most of their time and effort is spent not in writing but in revising. In this hands-on class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will learn how to go from first draft to finished manuscript. Each session will focus on a specific topic— conciseness, precision, word choice, overwriting, flow, and voice--and will include time for self-editing. We will also analyze the work of past and present masters of the craft. At the end of the course, students will have a list of questions to consider as they review their future work.

Gerard Helferich is the author of four critically praised books, including High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta, which won the Authors Award for Nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he publishes reviews in the Wall Street Journal. He is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference. Before turning to writing in 2002, he was an editor and publisher for 25 years at companies such as Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley. For more, please visit

The Jane Austen Book Club: Much Ado about Mansfield Park
Instructors: Carolyn Brown and Susan Allen Ford
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 28 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This fall The Jane Austen Book Club will discuss Mansfield Park in recognition of its two-hundredth anniversary. Mansfield Park is Jane Austen’s third published novel but the first of her maturity—the first wholly conceived and written after she moved to Chawton. Readers disagree wildly about its timid heroine (Fanny Price is no Elizabeth Bennet!) and about the novel itself: is it oppressively moralistic, or does it challenge easy judgments? According to one of Jane Austen’s earliest readers, however, “All who think deeply and feel much will give the preference to Mansfield Park.” Join Carolyn Brown, Coordinator for the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and Susan Allen Ford, Professor of English at Delta State University and Editor of Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, JASNA’s scholarly journals, as they make much ado about Mansfield Park.

Dr. Carolyn J. Brown earned her Master’s and Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro and has taught at UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, and Millsaps College. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, as well as the books A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty and Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker, to be published later this year.

Dr. Susan Allen Ford is on the faculty of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University, where she teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature. Since 2006, she has served as editor of the journals of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line. She is the author of many articles on Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and she is currently at work on a book about Austen.

Great Books Series: The Seven Deadly Sins
Instructor: Steve Overman
Cost: $60 (plus book)
Dates: Every other Monday, September 15 – December 8 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This is the sixth offering of the Great Books discussion format. The series provides stimulating and challenging readings from the classics and contemporary literature with discussions based on thought-provoking questions from the selections. This group will be reading from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. The anthology includes works by Flannery O’Conner, William Faulkner, D. H. Lawrence, and Margaret Atwood among others. The fourteen short stories cover the sinful topics of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust. Ideally, the group members should be willing to share in the role of discussion leader.

Please note: Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler ($19.95) available at or by calling 1-800-222-5870.

Steve Overman is a retired professor who taught in the College of Education at Jackson State University. Professor Overman earned his Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in the social sciences. In his retirement, he writes about sports from a critical perspective and is currently working on his sixth book. He completed the Great Books Foundation Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop and has led Great Books discussion groups in Oklahoma City and Jackson. Steve is an avid reader of historical fiction.

The Art and Science Of Writing Biographies And Memoirs
Instructor: James Dickerson
Cost: $150
Date: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 21 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This course will offer instruction on how to write a proposal for a biography or memoir that will attract the attention of publishers. It also will offer suggestions on how to structure biographies and memoirs, how to research them, and how to undertake the writing of the book.

James L. Dickerson, award-winning author of more than 30 published books and more than 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles, is the founder of Sartoris Literary Group, a traditional book publisher. He is a former staff writer with The Commercial Appeal and a contributor to various magazines, including Good Housekeeping and BookPage.

To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 27 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In this class, participants will explore nonfiction forms, including memoir, personal essay, humor, and criticism. We'll look at ways to generate potential topics and explore narrative writing basics. Not only will participants write two major pieces, they also will develop sharper eyes as readers and stronger everyday skills as writers.

Ellen Ann Fentress's essays have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, Wilson Quarterly and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. She is an M.F.A. graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Mondays, September 22 – November 3 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This introductory course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for beginning writers as well as for established writers who want to hone their skills. The course will cover two areas: writing (first four sessions) and marketing (next three sessions). The overall course goal is to create a short story suitable for submission to a publication.

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part II
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 4 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This follow-up course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for writers who have already completed the introductory course “Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.” The class will cover advanced writing and marketing techniques, narrative structure, and the analysis of both literary and commercial short fiction. The overall course goal is to submit a previously written short story to a publication and to create and submit another by the end of the class.

Please note: Prerequisites for this class are a completed or nearly-completed short story to bring to the first class session and having completed Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.

John Floyd’s work has appeared in more than 200 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, Grit, The Saturday Evening Post, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John is the author of five books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), and Fifty Mysteries (scheduled for October 2014).

Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $50 (Plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Date: Saturday, October 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Do you have a wonderful idea for a book? Have you written a collection of poetry? Self-publishing just may be your answer. However, the process of self-publishing can be both confusing and overwhelming. This three hour class is designed to assist people, who desire to complete much of the self-publishing process themselves. Using Createspace, which is affiliated with Amazon, this class takes students through the process step-by-step. At the end of the course, students will create a sample text and receive a free electronic copy of Life and Struggles by the instructor.

Please note: Students should have basic computer skills.

Cassandra Hawkins Wilson is a self-published author of the poetry book, Life and Struggles, which has been showcased at several conferences. She is also an experienced English instructor, business owner, image consultant, and public speaker.

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