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Dorchester Women's Program
Autumn 2001
Submitted by Instructor Edie Shillue (profile)


Our guiding principle: When a woman changes her life, she changes the world

Welcome to Changing Lives Through Literature! We'll be working together for ten weeks reading literature, writing about our lives and the world around us. I hope you find it interesting and inspiring.

The course responsibilities include: attendance, participation, and maintaining reading/writing materials. I'll be providing assignments that give you food for thought (I hope!), and each week we'll work together to create an environment where you feel free to express ideas, opinions and hopes to each other. This means there should be cooperation, mutual support, and encouragement as we work with each other in small and large groups.

The teaching method I use is listening-focused, dialogue-driven and founded on creative encouragement. That means if we all focus on supporting each other and listening to each other the results will be outstanding!!

Listed below are assignments for the ten weeks of the program.

Week One: Poetry by various authors. Powerful women and powerful thoughts!
Week Two: Stories by Tillie Olsen and Dorothy Parker and a writing assignment
Week Three: Stories by Grace Paley - an active life and a political life
Week Four: Beginning Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston

Remainder of course: Zora Neal Hurston and writing our own lives.

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