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Writing Salon

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Download the 2017-2018 schedule here (PDF 309 KB).

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, 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. Please bring your own writing materials. Ages 18 and over.

How Registration Works

Writing Salon will next be offered in fall 2018. Please check back in September 2018 for a complete list of program topics and dates.

Past Workshops

Flash Fiction: Building Tension
Construct short pieces of fiction that examine a critical moment in a narrative inspired by the work of Edward Hopper.

Character: Exploring Identity
Look closely at Byron Kim’s Synecdoche and reflect on the parts that contribute to character and self-identity.

Poetry: The Rhythm of Color
Meditate on the abstract works by Washington Color school artists as inspiration for writing poetry.

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.

Historical Fiction: Reimagining the Past
Consider how stories of the past might inspire new narratives by looking at examples of neoclassical sculpture.

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.

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Images from past Writing Salon workshops


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2016-2017 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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