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May 17, 2007

Center On Aging's 'Art Of The Letter' Workshop Is In Davenport June 2

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging and the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) in Davenport will offer "The Art of the Letter," a three-hour workshop for adults 50 and older on June 2.

The workshop will focus on letter writing in its various forms: as correspondence, as love letter or farewell letter, and as letters of instruction or persuasion. We'll also look at the letter as a form borrowed for epistolary fiction and poetry. We'll read the work of uncelebrated letter writers, as well as letters written by Niccolò Machiavelli, Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Flannery O'Connor, Vincent Van Gogh, Rainer Maria Rilke, George Saunders, Marianne Moore, Richard Hugo and others. Students will practice their skills by writing, revising and possibly sending letters.

The course is open to all adults age 50 and older. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2, at CASI, located at 1035 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport.

The cost is $20, which includes all course materials. Class size is limited to 20 individuals. To register, contact CASI by May 25 at 563-386-7477. For additional course information contact Julie Bobitt at the UI Center on Aging at 319-384-4222.

The instructor is Mia Nussbaum, a postgraduate writing fellow at the UI, working at the UI International Writing Program. Nussbaum has taught American women's writing at an Indiana YWCA; English in Tamil Nadu, India; literature at an all-girls school in Manhattan; and rhetoric and creative writing at the UI, where she received her master's degree in nonfiction writing in 2006. She also has worked as an editorial assistant at Harper's Magazine. Nussbaum's poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in the Iowa Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the New Orleans Review, Third Coast, the Mid-American Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonweal, Salamander, and elsewhere.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 112 Osher institutes in 46 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

The Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) is a nonprofit agency and resource center for persons age 60 and older established in 1973 and designated by the State of Iowa to be the focal point of services for the elderly in Scott County. For more information, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI in advance at 319-384-4221.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,