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Seeing Voices: A Workshop in Writing from Art
Through the ages, looking at art has been a unique and lively way of coming to writing. Starting as far back as the Greeks, examples abound of writing inspired by art, called ekphrasis, which roughly translated means “to give voice to the mute.” In this two-hour class, we invite our beloved but silent paintings to speak to us through stories, dialogues, and poems! We will explore works of art, learning the art of “entering” a piece, investigating how paintings work in our imaginations. We’ll read some striking models. Then, using our own Glen Arbor Arts Center’s permanent collection as inspiration, we’ll practice ekphrasis, writing creative responses to these artists’ work. This important interaction partners visual arts with literary arts, creating a multi-arts conversation that extends and enriches the power of the collection. Bring notebooks with a hard cover—you’ll be moving around the room—and your favorite writing implements.
Skill level: Beginning and experienced writers, poets and prose writers of all genres.
Anne-Marie Oomen, author of Love, Sex and 4-H (Next Generation Indie Award for Memoir), Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields (both Michigan Notable Books), and An American Map: Essays (Wayne State University Press); and a collection of poetry, Uncoded Woman (Milkweed Editions). She has written seven plays, including “Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern,” winner of the 2012 CTAM playwriting contest. She is an instructor at Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College (MA), and Interlochen College of Creative Arts. www.anne-marieoomen.com