Online Seminars and Book Discussions

Online seminars

Our high-quality seminars are everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form. Online or in person, we invite you to be part of a convivial community that gathers to read, watch, listen to and discuss compelling literature, art, music and film. Study works that move, provoke, unsettle and inspire. Wrestle with questions and ideas that matter.





Check back frequently for new seminar listings. See individual seminars for prices.

Webinars: Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern | Free!

Friday Flash Fiction | Fridays at 5 p.m Eastern | Free!

Join Classical Pursuits director Melanie Blake for a one-hour discussion of a classic or contemporary short story, with a selection that changes weekly. Explore a range of authors and genres. All stories will be freely accessible online. Bring your favourite drink and enjoy chatting with other readers.

  • Reading for May 29: “I Bought a Little City” By Donald Barthelme. Will be sent with RSVP.
  • Reading for May 22: “Speech Sounds” by Octavia E. Butler
  • Reading for May 15: “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Reading for May 8: “Six Feet of the Country” by Nadine Gordimer. Will be sent with RSVP.
  • Reading for May 1: “The Swimmer” by John Cheever
  • Reading for April 24: “Dolly” by Elizabeth Bear
  • Reading for April 17: Gustave Flaubert’s “A Simple Heart” DISCUSSION FULL

How to join Friday Flash Fiction: Email Melanie to RSVP


Past Programs

Virtual City Walks with Lisa Pasold

  • LISTEN to the recording of our virtual walk of the Paris neighbourhood of Montmartre with novelist and poet Lisa Pasold

Armchair Art Tours Part II: Garden Series


Armchair Art Tours, Part I: Museum Series

Past Seminars

April 9: Troy: Myth, Legend and Inspiration | 9-week seminar | SOLD OUT
April 11: Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter | SOLD OUT
April 18: Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters | 8-week seminar | SOLD OUT
April 26: Jane Austen’s Persuasion | SOLD OUT


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