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Writing Salon

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Creative Writing Workshops
Specific dates as noted

Come find inspiration in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Led by local writers, including playwrights and poets, this series of workshops uses examination of works of art as a starting point for writing original pieces. Through writing exercises and conversation, participants will explore the elements of writing and experience works of art through a different lens. The workshops are designed for all skill levels; beginning and advanced participants are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required due to limited space. Registration opens the Tuesday prior to the start of a new topic. Participants should bring their own writing materials. Ages 18 and over. For more information, contact us via email.

Upcoming Workshops

Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Molo, Venice

Canaletto, Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Molo, Venice, 1742/1744, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mrs. Barbara Hutton, 1945.15.4

Setting: The Power of Place
April 21 from 10:30am–1:00pm
April 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 1:00–3:30pm

Step inside a Venetian cityscape to explore the literal and metaphorical roles of setting in writing. Register beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Please select one date to attend.

This event is now full.
Click here to register for the waitlist.

Previous Workshops

The Mother and Sister of the Artist

Mary Cassatt, The Loge, c. 1878-1880, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.96

Character: The Spoken Word
Imagine character-revealing monologues and dialogues inspired by the works of Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. 







Cascading Flowers

Alexander Calder, Cascading Flowers, 1949, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1996.120.5

Poetry: Words in Motion
Discover connections between shape, color, and line in Alexander Calder's mobiles by experimenting with short form poetry

The Farm

Joan Miró, The Farm, 1921-1922, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mary Hemingway, 1987.18.1

Memoir: Art from Life
Mine how memory informs the work of surrealist artist Joan Miró and can inspire your own reflective writing.

Images from past Writing Salon workshops

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