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Saturday, January 24, 3:00-5:00pm.
Dressing Up and Baring All in Fiction: a writing workshop on developing characters with Margo Christie.

Burlesque performer and prize-winning author Margo Christie will present a workshop on dressing up your fictional characters to make them larger than life and stripping them down to keep them real. Through her experience on the burlesque stage and examples from her own and other novels, she will demonstrate "adding the sequins" to otherwise everyday characters then "baring it all" to keep readers emotionally-hooked. She will also demonstrate ways to supercharge your public readings by adding some G-rated burlesque pizzazz.

Bring a sample of your writing and be prepared to "dress it up." Even if you're not currently working on anything, Margo's exercises can be applied just for practice. Handouts and light refreshments provided.

The workshop is free. Snacks, hot tea, and cocoa are provided free of charge. Participants are invited to stay for the evening reading; dinner can be ordered in for folks who want to share the cost.

Saturday, January 24, 6:00pm. ***Earlier time due to weather.
Author Margo Christie introduces her award-winning first novel, These Days: A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip.

"As original as it is addictive...a truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise." - Publisher's Weekly

Writer, Burlesque Performer, and Champion of the Underdog, Margo Christie writes literary fiction that focuses on creative but fallen characters and their triumphs. A refugee from a broken home in which nostalgia played a major role, she grew up in Baltimore, a place described by author Laura Lippman as a city where "the true local malady is nostalgia."

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00pm.
Women of the World Book Club with Maleka Fruean.

We are a book club that reads international and multicultural women writers, both fiction and non-fiction. We meet the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm. January's book: Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00pm.
Life Stories Revamped! A Writing Workshop with Minter Krotzer.

First of eight sessions. Cost $300; preregistration required. More details on our Classes page.

Wednesday, January 28, 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group with Minter Krotzer.

The Life Stories Book Group is designed for writers but all are welcome. We will read and discuss mostly memoirs, both contemporary and classic, focusing on the writing and structure as well as content and narrative. We will meet the last Wednesdays of the month. January's book: Little Failure by Gary Shteynygart.

Saturday, January 31, 4:00pm.
Learn to Love Poetry Again! A Workshop for Readers.

If you know you like poetry but don't know quite where to start reading, this workshop is for you!
Cost $10; preregistration requested. More details on our Classes page.

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Sunday, February 1, 3:00-5:00pm.
The Art of Craft: A series of craft classes for poets, poetry fans, and writing teachers.

First of six sessions, though you can sign up for them separately. More details, including cost and registration info, on our Classes page.

Wednesday, February 4, 7:00pm. (Will return to Tuesdays next month.)
Monthly Writers' Group for Caregivers with Kathy Roberson (poet, social worker, caregiver).

Each month, participants will share what they've written in response to a suggested prompt. The group gives members an opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words, and support one another as both writers and caregivers. Newcomers are always welcome to come join the conversation, even if they haven't written anything! We meet the first Tuesday of the month.

Sunday, February 8, 10:30am.
Finding the Right Book for Young Readers.

How do you know which level of book is right for your beginning reader? Find out how to determine a book's level and how to match it to your child. A one-hour class for adults.
Cost $20; preregistration requested. More details on our Classes page.

Friday, February 13, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00pm.
Women of the World Book Club with Maleka Fruean.

We are a book club that reads international and multicultural women writers, both fiction and non-fiction. We meet the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm. February's book: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Wednesday, February 25, 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group with Minter Krotzer.

The Life Stories Book Group is designed for writers but all are welcome. We will read and discuss mostly memoirs, both contemporary and classic, focusing on the writing and structure as well as content and narrative. We will meet the last Wednesdays of the month. February's book: One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman.

Thursday, February 26, 7:00pm.
Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion with Jen Sheffield.
An open discussion group for adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books. We meet the fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm. February 's book: The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers.

Friday, February 27, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader TBA.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Saturday, February 28, 2:00-5:00pm.
Story Corners Advanced Writing Workshop (ages 10-14).

Participants need to be a previous Story Corners student or submit a piece of writing by 2/1.
Cost $40; preregistration required. More details on our Classes page.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

Please see our Classes page for information on writing workshops and other classes.

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Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Sarah Rose

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books!

Fridays at 10:30am: 12/12, 1/9 (date change), 2/13, 3/6 (Purim Themed -- come in COSTUME!), 4/17, 5/15
Shabbat Storytimes with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Babies, toddlers, and young children and their grown-ups (parents, grandparents, nannies, etc.) are invited to join us for a special storytime, focusing on the joy of Shabbat. We'll read stories, sing songs for Shabbat, and make an easy activity to take home. Juice & challah to enjoy! Led by jkidphilly Center City Director Gabby Kaplan-Mayer and GJC Education Director Rabbi Alanna Sklover.
Questions? Contact Gabby at 215-320-0376.



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    WOMEN OF THE WORLD BOOK CLUB
    Final Tuesday, 7:15pm.

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
    Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm.

    LIFE STORIES BOOK GROUP
    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

    READ THE MOVIE BOOK CLUB
    Second Wednesday, 7:00pm.

    Coming Soon! MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

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    Other Monthly Events

    New! WRITERS' GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS
    First Tuesday, 7:00pm.

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

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    New Time! BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    New! SHABBAT WARMUP STORY TIME
    Alternate Fridays, 2:30pm.

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