This 2-session workshop will cover Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works as well as his biography. You will gain a greater knowledge and appreciation for the writer who popularized both the short story format and the detective genre in America.
Sessions will focus on Poe's fascinating yet melancholy life, poems such as "The Raven" and “Annabel Lee”, the bone-chilling short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and two more tales of dread and intrigue--“The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”. Sessions will be interactive and geared towards participants above the age of 16.
Expert Callahan Wesley will help you expand upon your critical reading skills as you break down passages, identify common motifs, analyze unreliable narrators, and recognize the connection between Poe and pop cultural icons such as Steven King, Vincent Price, and—shockingly—the Baltimore Ravens.
*No previous experience with Poe is necessary to take this workshop.
Please note: Poe is generally renowned for writing graphic tales depicting violence and death; reader discretion is advised.
An introduction to the highlights (and lows) of Poe’s life; and a look at his some of his most recognized works—“The Raven”, “Annabel Lee”, and “The Tell-Tale Heart”.
A continuation of the study of his most memorable works—“The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”.
Callahan Wesley holds an MA in Literature from The University of Alabama and specializes in American literature published between 1845 – present. He is also knowledgeable in the areas of British and Irish modernist literature. Callahan has taught multiple college-level English courses, in addition to his experience as a literary critic--having presented papers on writers such as J. D. Salinger and Bobbie Ann Mason. He is currently in the process of publishing his Master's thesis on William Faulkner’s Snopes trilogy while simultaneously reworking it into a journal article for The Mississippi Quarterly.
All of our workshops are held over Zoom.
You will receive an email 30 minutes before the workshop begins with the link to join the Zoom meeting. We highly recommend you to create a Zoom account prior to class.
If you do not see the Zoom link in your inbox 30 minutes before the workshop, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM / JUNK MAIL!
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I’ve enjoyed the discussion, reading and analysis. Callahan is very knowledgeable and dedicated. He put together well-thought discussion points, so time is not wasted. He listens well and allows time for additional questions! Thank you, I’m very pleased with the whole experience. Support team is also great and both instructor and coordinator have been very helpful!