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Writing the Arts: Object + Words = Ekphrasis

Dates: September 10, 17, and 24 (Open Reading October 1)
Time: 10 – 11 am
Registration Deadline: September 30
Location: GAAC

Writing the Arts is a collaborative project of the Glen Arbor Arts Center and Michigan Writers. Using the upcoming GAAC Vessels exhibit as foundation (August 26-October 27), Michigan Writers will lead four, one-hour Saturday morning sessions in the GAAC gallery. Participants will explore the Vessels exhibition through ekphrasis — using artwork from the exhibition as inspiration for generating new writing: poems, stories, flash, monologues and whatever creative genre enlightens your pages.

Michigan Writers is a non-profit organization that fosters the advancement and appreciation of reading and writing by providing education and publication opportunities. Read more about Michigan Writers here.

Writing the Arts sessions are September 10, 17, and 24; 10 – 11 am. They will be guided by a facilitator from Michigan Writers. Participants may take part in one or all of the writing sessions. They will have access to a written model and will become familiar with how to invite arts-based inspiration to crawl in through the eyes and down to the fingertips and onto the page. In responding creatively to the Vessels pieces, writers may experiment with how to listen to their own imagination and may draft works that tap into creative styles and subjects. Most of all, participants will have the pleasure of being in the presence of beautiful works as well as writing for the joy of it.

Participation: Writing the Arts sessions are free, but pre-registration is required.

Open to: Writers of any skill level, from emerging to advanced.

Reading and Publication: Additionally, Writing the Arts participants will have the option of submitting revised pieces to Michigan Writers through the Dunes Review platform, and some may be selected for publication in this literary journal. A reading during the last session, Saturday, October 1, will offer a further opportunity to share your creative words with the public. Join us for this inspiring art form.

Award-winning, Leelanau County writer Anne-Marie Oomen will lead this class. In addition to her many books and publications, she instructs the ekphrastic course for the Solstice MFA at Lasell University and she “commits” and publishes ekphrasis (writing from art) on a regular basis. Her new book is As Long As I Know You: The Mom Book.  https://anne-marieoomen.com/

Students should bring their favorite writing tool [e.g. pen, pencil, notebook, lap top or tablet device].

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/


To ensure the safety of our students and Staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons for indoor programs and 16 outdoor programs
  • All students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and not attend class.
  • Students and Staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize common areas and touch surfaces regularly.
  • We have optimized our indoor ventilation system to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air.
  • If Leelanau County COVID-related cases are designated high risk, students and visitors must wear a face mask to prevent transmission.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, Staff will inform the GAAC’s new policies or procedures before the start of the course.


starts September 10 @ 10:00 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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