MUSE is a local resource for readers, writers, and conversationalists, based in the eastside foothills of Los Angeles. Led by an award-winning, former university teacher, scholar, and poet, MUSE introduces community members to the world’s greatest literature in small groups that meet either weekly or biweekly for six-to-eight-week blocks to discuss and reflect on one masterwork at a time. These courses are organized much like a college seminar but without any dreaded papers to write or tests to take. It simply allows for the experience of immersing yourself in a single great text with other like-minded folks.
Perhaps you would like to re-read Hamlet and discover the meaning of life you missed the first time through? Or tackle the 900-some pages of Middlemarch in a setting that will keep you on task with the reading because you will be so excited about exchanging ideas the next time you see your fellow “marchers”? There will be an eclectic mix of course offerings throughout the year–novels, plays, poetry–at several different venues in the La Crescenta-Pasadena-Altadena-Monrovia area, at several different times (both afternoon and evening schedules). Meetings are casual and fun, although grounded by a scholarly sensibility and informed by a historical context. These courses are meant to pique your enthusiasm for lifelong learning and for truly masterful writing.
MUSE also offers private consulting services for writers who may want to work on a writing project of their own or who may be in need of expert editing. Also in 2015, THE MUSE AT THE MIC—a free, monthly reading series in Monrovia, California—will bring the talents of a diverse array of poets and writers directly to the community. We are still negotiating venue sites for both the seminar offerings and the reading series, so stay tuned.