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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2018—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Elements of Writing: Plot: The Four-Letter Word that Strikes Fear into the Heart of Most Writers (1823)

Discussion in this class aims to define plot, as well as its distinctions from story and action, before using a newfound understanding of the term to investigate the work of published authors and fellow students. Two Tuesdays: March 27, April 3, 6 to 8 p.m. 

Reading As Writers, Part II (1850)

Through (extremely) close reading of works by writer’s writers, we explore how they do what they do, and practice specific techniques in workshop to inspire your own writing. Six Thursdays: April 19, 26, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

World Building: Making Settings Matter (1858)

In this three-session course, we'll consider a variety of strategies to create a vivid sense of setting that goes beyond info-dump or set decoration and brings the world to life, adding a vibrant, essential element to your storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction. Three Mondays: June 11, 18, 25, 6pm – 8pm.

Next Book Group Meetings


Fascinating History

March 22, 7:30 pm
FREEDOM AT MIDNIGHT, by Collins, Lapierre
Freedom at Midnight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780006388517
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - April 9th, 1997



March 25, 3:30 pm
Front Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062342164
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 3rd, 2017


Wharf Reads Washington

March 25, 6:30 pm
Twentieth-Century France: Politics and Society in France 1898-1991 (Hodder Arnold Publication) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780340522394
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - January 16th, 1992

Travel with Politics & Prose


Sunday, April 8, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This spring, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the spring bloom and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

Politics and Prose in Provence featuring Mystery Writer M.L. Longworth

April 15 through 21, 2018

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a delightful week in southern France. We’ll visit sites associated with artists Cézanne and van Gogh and writer Émile Zola, as well as experiencing classic Provençal food, wine, and culture. We’ll settle in for three days in Aix-en-Provence, known for its abundance of beautiful fountains, and then three days in St. Rémy, with side trips to Arles and Les Baux.

The Jazz History Tour

Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m.


Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.