Intergenerational literary program for adults and School One students


Our intergenerational programs put us at the forefront of the Creative Aging field, bringing together adults and School One students to create art, stories, and foster shared understandings.​ Since launching our program in 2016, with funding from the Aroha Philanthropies and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, we have offered a variety of opportunities for storytelling, performance, artmaking, and discussion.

CLASSES 2021-2022

Creative Writing: Virtual

From Here to There: Journeys, Travels, and Changes

In this class we will explore the idea of journeys, both inward and outward, and then write fiction and memoir about some of the important journeys we have taken in our lives. Remember, one does not have to have traveled to have journeyed!  Many of us think of travel and we think of a train journey or trek across a foreign land or up a mountain, but the last two years have changed things. What does it mean to "travel" during isolation? How do we depart our circumstances during lockdown? What kinds of journeys do we take when we don't actually go anywhere?

Meets: Thursday, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.

January 13 - March 10

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Creative Writing: In-Person

Creative Writing is a hands-on, interactive exploration of short story and personal essay writing. Students will read examples from different genres and discuss the craft elements demonstrated in each text and we will create, draft and revise our own creative works.  No previous experience is necessary.

The goal of this class is to create new material. We will have in-class writing exercises, reading reflection and peer feedback.

Meets: Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 -10:15 a.m.

November 29- February 28 (with holiday break December 17-January 3)

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Book Arts

This class is an introduction to book arts. It is not about classic book binding; rather, it is a series of small, weekly tutorials to move from ideas to execution—over the course of nine sessions.

We will begin with learning about and making simple accordion books, and then move on to making book boxes. Along the way we will learn about printmaking, stamping,and creating decorative papers for book projects.. We will also take several field trips to look at artist books. At the end of the class, each student will have created their own one-of-a-kind artist book.

This class is a great opportunity for non-artists or artists of any discipline who want an introduction to the world of artist’s books.

Meets: Tuesday, 9-10:11:00 a.m.

November 29- February 28 (with holiday break December 17-January 3)

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Organic Music 

In this ten-week class older and younger students will come together to study primal and indigenous music of many traditions. Led by professional musician and educator Lon Plynton, this class will welcome students of all levels and experiences.   

Meets: Wednesday, 10:20-11:45 a.m.

September 8 - November 17

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School One Intergenerational Arts Classes (Past Offerings) 

En Plein Air Landscape Painting
A nine-week outdoor landscape painting class led by well-known Rhode Island artist Ida Schmulowitz. Participants meet weekly on Blackstone Boulevard, set up easels and paint, trying to capture the light hitting homes and trees. En Plein Air Landscape Painting meets Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm at School One and Blackstone Boulevard, in September and October.


Drawing Myself
A nine-week interdisciplinary visual art and writing class with instructors Monica Shinn and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through art and writing. Studio visits and artist talks are part of the program. Drawing Myself meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One, from September through November.


Working Stories
A nine-week interdisciplinary performing arts and writing class with instructors Phil Goldman, Diane Postoian and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through performance, storytelling and creative writing. Working Stories meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One.

New Bookclub Announcements for 2022 Coming Soon!

Book Clubs and Discussion Groups (Previous Offerings)

Intergenerational Book Discussion Group
Students from School One and older adults make up this fantastic book group. The Intergenerational Book Discussion Group meets for four weeks during the Fall, and again in the Spring. Past selections include The Yellow Wallpaper and Old School.

Reading Across Rhode Island Book Club
School One students and Hamilton House members meet monthly to discuss Reading Across Rhode Island books such as Just Mercy, The Wright Brothers and The Hate U Give.

Conversation Series: Education and Learning

Bi-monthly discussion group where we’ll talk about quality teaching, different kinds of schools, education in other countries, policy issues like school choice, education in Rhode Island, and a host of related topics.


For more information about School One's LitCenter, contact Diana Champa, call (401) 331-2497, or complete our online inquiry form.