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Ekphrastic Writing

"Language is social art" - Willard Van Orman Quine

How can you weave art and photography into your writing?  How can you use them to create and develop new material? This course will explore the art of Ekphrastic Writing. Ekphrasis means, ‘description’ in Greek.  Ekphrastic Writing focuses on works of art and interprets them so that they help you, the writer, in creating new narratives.

On this course we will be discovering the power of ekphrastic writing to develop our imaginations and writing.  Every week, you will respond to different visual material, in order to create new narratives. In short, we will use art to inspire the writing of prose or poetry, and welcome the unexpected, the hidden, and the surreal.

This course will be held at The Exchange in Twickenham and delivered to you by poet and creative writer Agnieszka Studzinska who has an MA in creative writing

Dates and times

The course will run from 10am–12.30pm on:

  • Thursday 26th March 2020
  • Thursday 2nd April  2020
  • Break Week
  • Thursday 23rd April 2020
  • Thursday 30th April 2020
  • Thursday 7th May 2020
  • Thursday 14th May 2020
  • Thursday 21st May 2020
  • No Session
  • Thursday 4th June 2020

Price

The full cost of this 8 week course is £160.

Content

Week one

Exploring the power of Ekphrastic writing.  What makes this type of writing really effective at communicating messages and narratives? We will explore how we can make ekphrastic writing work for us. 

Week two

This week we will explore paintings that engage in exploring the concept of art and ask ourselves what art means to us? How can we write about art through art?

Week three

This week we focus on personal photographs and learn how to write about them by distancing ourselves from them. Who is really looking at us in a photograph? What don’t we see in a photograph? 

Week four

This week we will focus on paintings exploring the ‘earth’- Our focus will be to gain an awareness of the environment and write our own environmental prose poem. 

Week five

Group Project: We will focus on a group project for a couple of weeks. This project will be determined by the participants of the group and as yet to be confirmed. 

Week six

Group Project: We will focus on a group project for a couple of weeks. This project will be determined by the participants of the group and as yet to be confirmed.

Week seven

Critical feedback sessions.  This week we will develop our critical ears and observational eyes by offering feedback to fellow writers about their work.

Week eight

Critical feedback sessions.  This week we will develop our critical ears and observational eyes by offering feedback to fellow writers about their work.