One of the most popular writers from our 2nd Annual Writers' weekend returns to jump-start your writing this summer. Would you like to boost your writing productivity, finish your projects, and find more joy in your work? You can do it! Learn the truth about how to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, ambivalence, time constraints, and other barriers to writing productivity in this fun, interactive workshop with Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific. Also learn simple techniques that you can start using NOW to grow your audience and sell your work. This workshop is suitable for ALL creative, academic, business, and other writers; please note that while there will be some in-class exercises, most of the course will be devoted to lecture and discussion. Please see http://bit.ly/ZzvcXw for more information on course content and http://bit.ly/13jGo9X for more information about Hillary. Classes will run on Tuesday evenings from July 2nd - August 6th (no class on July 16th) from 5:30 - 8:30 in the Twain Museum. Cost is $400. Call (860) 280-3130 to register.
Heloise of "Hints from Heloise" visits Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m., courtesy of The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum!
Following in the footsteps of her mother, the original doyenne of helpful hints for harried housewives, Heloise has dished out sage-like advice on how to remove stains all the way up to how to jump out of planes. Reflecting the changing times, her syndicated national column, television appearances and books provide tips that, in little ways, make life better in keep in our ever-changing world.
Event to be followed by book signing and dessert reception.
/ Tickets: $40 / $35 for MTH&M Members. (860) 280-3130
A place for teens to study the tough issues around 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn': The West Hartford Summer School Enrichment for College Preparatory Students at The Mark Twain House & Museum. July 8-Aug. 2, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00am - 2:45pm.
This enrichment study in American literature and history focuses on the continuing controversy surrounding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
High school juniors and seniors from Greater Hartford will join with twenty of their peers from Capital Preparatory Magnet School in a scholarly reading of the book. Dr. Kerry Driscoll, distinguished Twain scholar and Professor of English at the University of St. Joseph, will present a series of lecture discussions. Craig Hotchkiss, Education Manager at The Mark Twain House & Museum, will present students with the 19th century context for the book.
For more information and to obtain a full brochure, call 860-280-3146 or 860-561-6900, or go to https://www.whlifelearn.org.
Through Sept. 2: The Gilded Age -- the era of great wealth, great poverty, dynamism and oppression, plutocracy and populism, corruption and reform -- got its very name from a novel by Mark Twain.
Hartford, Connecticut, was a wealthy and exemplary city of its time -- and Twain's own ideas and life demonstrated the dramatic contrasts of the time. Artifacts and rarely seen items from the museum's collections are accompanied by events and a contest for students.
Through September 2.
Exhibit is open during regular museum hours.
Free with purchase of a tour of the Mark Twain House, or $5.oo for a special museum-only admission.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE: We bring master of the macabre Stephen King to Hartford on Thurs., July 18, at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, in conversation with WNPR radio personality Colin McEnroe. Proceeds from the event benefit the continuing educational and preservation activities of The Mark Twain House & Museum.
Reservations may be made at www.bushnell.org or 860-987-5900.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $75 (additional service fees apply) with a special VIP ticket for $250, which includes a reception with Stephen King and an autographed book.
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.