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The Center for Extended & Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University and Ocean Pines Association have teamed up to bring SU to the Shore! Stay updated on upcoming classes and events by signing up for our newsletter.

We're excited to offer these lifelong learning classes, and hope you will enjoy them!

  • Writing Your Memoir: From Draft to Craft with Emily Rich

    Emily PortraitThursdays, November 1-December 13, 9:00am-10:30am (No class Nov 22)
    $60.00. Ocean Pines Community Center.

    Join us for a Lighthouse Literary Guild six-week writing course offered by Emily Rich, Executive Editor of The Delmarva Review. Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, we will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to craft,” looking at elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail, and writing in scenes. We will focus on the importance of taking a story that’s true and connecting it, as Cheryl Strayed says, “to the greater, grander truth.” In addition to workshopping each others’ writing, participants will read essays on craft and sample works of successful memoirists. When the course is over, participants will come away with an appreciation of what makes a piece of memoir stand out and appeal to an audience beyond themselves.

    Emily Rich is the Editor of Delmarva Review. She writes mainly memoir and essay. Her work has been published in a number of small presses including Little Patuxent Review, r.kv.ry, Delmarva Review the Pinch and Hippocampus. Her essays have been listed as notables in Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. Her story "Black Market Pall Malls" won the Biostories 2015 War and Peace essay contest.

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  • Submitting Written Pieces Online with Tara Elliot

    Tara ElliotThursdays, November 1 – 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm
    $30 per three-week session. Ocean Pines Community Center.

    Publishing... does the word both excite and frighten you? Interested in submitting your poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction to magazines and journals, but not quite sure how?

    Bring your laptop or tablet, a digital submission-ready piece of writing (poets, please bring 3-5 poems), and join Tara Elliott as she answers your questions about the process, and teaches how submit in today's online market. What exactly is a simultaneous submission? What are First Serial Rights? Where do I find places to publish? How long do I have to wait? How do I keep track of my submissions? How do I fit all of this into my busy schedule? Find out the answers to all these questions and more! Participants will actually submit work during this hands-on class!

    Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared in The Mom-Egg Review, The TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, Wildness Journal, Triggerfish Critical Review, and The American Journal of Poetry, among others. As the founder and director of Salisbury, Maryland’s Poetry Week, her community outreach includes her service as board member of the Eastern Shore Writers' Association, facilitator for Salisbury University's Lighthouse Literary Guild, and co-chairmanship of the 2019 Bay to Ocean Writers' Conference. As the recipient of Salisbury Middle School's Teacher of the Year, the Wicomico County Public Library's Light of Literacy Award and the Maryland Humanities' Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award, she has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to education.

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  • SU Faculty Lecture Series: Exploring the Humanities

    Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm, September 21-December 14
    Ocean Pines Community Center
    $8.00/lecture. Walk-ins Welcome!

    SU Faculty will lecture each week on their topics of expertise, in the arts, history, environmental studies, music, literature and so much more.

    October 12: Lessons from Studying Abroad in Costa Rica: Ecotourism and Biodiversity with Mary Roman Gunther

    October 19: Israel, Jordan, Palestine; Water Working in the Middle East with Dr. Brian Polkinghorn

    October 26: Use It or Lose It: Staving off Cognitive Decline in Old Age with Drs. Echo Lever and Meredith Patterson

    November 2: What is Spirituality? A Philosophical Exploration with Dr. Jerome Miller

    November 9: Americas Land Use and its Environmental Impact with Dr. Aaron Hogue

    November 16: Wilderness Love and Loathing in America with Dr. Michael Lewis

    November 30: The French and Their Food: French Culinary Arts, Food Habits and Table Etiquette with Dr. Aurélie Van de Wiele

    December 7: Health, Wellness and Physical Activity with Dr. Brent Fedorko

    December 14: Celebration!

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