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Creative Writing Workshops

Come find inspiration in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Led by local writers, this series of workshops uses art as a starting point for writing original pieces. Through conversation and writing exercises, participants 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 dates are listed below each topic.  Participants should bring their own writing materials. Ages 18 and over. For more information, email [email protected].

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Upcoming Workshops

Memoir: The Power of Metaphor
Discover how past and present collide in Sigmar Polke’s Hope Is Wanting to Pull Clouds and Kerry James Marshall’s Great America, and how art can inspire your own reflective writing. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Friday, September 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, September 23 and 30, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, September 24 and October 1, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Historical Fiction: Reimagining the Past
Consider how stories of the past might inspire new narratives by looking at examples of neoclassical sculpture. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Friday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, October 21 and November 18, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, October 22 and November 19, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Point of View: Narrative Choices
Experiment with crafting stories through different narrative lenses while looking at American painter Richard Norris Brooke’s A Pastoral Visit. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Friday, January 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, January 20 and February 3, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, January 21 and February 4, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Poetry: The Rhythm of Color
Meditate on the abstract works by Washington Color school artists as inspiration for writing poetry. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Friday, February 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, February 10 and 24, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 11 and 25, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Character: Exploring Identity
Look closely at Byron Kim’s Synecdoche and reflect on the parts that contribute to character and self-identity. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Friday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, March 10 and 17, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, March 11 and 18, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Flash Fiction: Building Tension
Construct short pieces of fiction that examine a critical moment in a narrative inspired by the work of Edward Hopper. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Friday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, April 14 and 28, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 15 and 29, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

 

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Images from past Writing Salon workshops

Previous Workshops

Setting: The Power of Place
Step inside a Venetian cityscape to explore the literal and metaphorical roles of setting in writing.

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

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

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

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