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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 from 9 - 10:30 am. 
    Sept. 13 - Oct. 18

    $60 per six-week session. 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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  • Writing Your Memoir: Level Two with Emily Rich

    Fridays, 9 am – 10:30 am

    In Level Two, we will continue to explore what makes a successful memoir, delving more deeply into character development, on the importance of writing yourself as a character, and on establishing a sense of place. We'll tackle thorny issues related to writing about family, and experiment with literary form. This class is for those writers who already have some experience in writing memoirs.

  • Write it Right with Susan Canfora

    Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 am
    October 13 - November 17
    $60 per six-week session. Ocean Pines Community Center.

    The written word – whether it is in emails, business proposals, or executive summaries – is the most powerful communication tool we utilize. Clear, concise writing is essential in conveying a message, persuading a point of view or presenting an idea. Jobs can be lost even before they are considered because of poor grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. In the interactive class we will review the basics that are the foundations of effective writing, writing drills using prompts, and critique well-known writers. There will be discussion of what interests readers and how to write in an engaging manner that will maintain their interest. This class is for those who want to take their writing to the next level of professionalism.

    Susan Canfora is a news reporter for the Salisbury Independent. An adjunct professor in SU’s Communication Arts Department, she has taught journalism, writing, grammar and related courses at SU since 1998. She's also an adjunct at Wor-Wic Community College.

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  • Submitting Written Pieces Online with Tara Elliot

    Tara_Elliot.jpgThursdays, 4 - 5:30 pm
    Nov. 1 - 15
    $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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  • History Making News, News Making History with Dr. David Burns

    Dave Burns portraitWednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Ocean Pines Commiunity Center
    $50 for five-week course

    Some events in history have had such an impact on journalism that they alter the fundamental ways reporters do their jobs, like the Watergate scandal. Sometimes, it’s the other way around, and the media is the precipitating force creating a chain of events that wouldn’t otherwise have transpired. Think of the sinking of the USS Maine and the instigation of the Spanish American War. Join Dr. David Burns for a lively discussion of how our media is shaped by events, and how our media sometimes changes the course of history.

    Dr. Burns has worked for CNN and NBC News, in both permanent and freelance capacities, as a videotape editor and field camera operator in the United States and abroad. While living outside the US, he worked as a technology correspondent for the IDG Wire Service and for a Polish business and finance weekly newspaper. He has taught new media courses to students and professional journalism workshops to media professionals in the United States, Poland, Russia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Afghanistan.

    Burns is a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Maryland Professional Chapter. His research interests involve the media-politics linkage. His doctoral dissertation examined the role of the Catholic Church in the development of the Polish media landscape during the transition from communism to capitalism.

    He is currently writing and editing a sports communication textbook entitled, You Make the Call: Case Studies in Sport Communication (Routledge) due out in summer 2018. He's also been named a Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media.

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  • Digging into Ireland's Past: Archeology and Early History with Dr. Beth Ragan

    new grangeTuesdays, Sept. 25 - Oct. 2
    1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Ocean Pines Community Center
    $30 for three-week course

    The Emerald Isle has a rich and storied past, not all of which is documented by history. Iconic sites like Newgrange and Tara show us the abiding Irish veneration of the ancestors, while archaeology and archaeogenetics have recently revealed more about the roots of the Irish people and culture, which run both deep and wide. This lecture series will introduce you the foundations of Irish culture and landscape, from its first human inhabitants to Viking attacks on its renowned Christian monasteries.

    Dr. Elizabeth Ragan is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at Salisbury University. After excavating on Colonial sites on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay as an undergraduate, she traded rusty nails and broken wine bottles for European archaeology. She received a Master of Philosophy degree in Celtic Archaeology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland; excavated at the Early Christian monastery of Whithorn in Galloway; and directed a survey of the coast of South Argyll for her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Having returned to the Eastern Shore, she is now investigating the Early Colonial home of one of the first Scottish settlers in Somerset County.

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  • SU Faculty Lecture Series: Exploring the Humanities

    samurai.jpgFridays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Sept. 21 - Dec. 14
    Ocean Pines Community Center

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

    September 21: What’s in a Portrait? Self-fashioning in Renaissance Italy with Dr. Jennifer Liston

    September 28: Sound: The Lies Our Eyes Tell the Poem with Dr. John Nieves

    October 5: The World of the Samurai in Myth and Reality with Dr. Michael McCarty.

    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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