Words & Pictures: Creative Writing from Visual Arts


Use works of visual art as your prompt for writing new work as you examine how published writers have used this technique in recent history.

Remote Instruction
As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Read and discuss works written by published authors in response to visual art
  • Respond to in-class writing prompts designed to jumpstart new projects
  • Learn the basic skills writers use to create richly detailed worlds with language
  • Identify stories in visual art and adapt them into any literary genre or form

About this course:

Every picture tells a story and writers get to discover them. Whether it’s poetry, fiction or personal memoir, this half-day workshop will inspire you to find the abundance of narratives waiting in visual art. From an introduction to the ancient practice of ekphrastic writing, to samples of acclaimed authors’ art influenced words, to lively writing exercises revealing metaphor, telling details, emotions, and attitudes, you’ll find new ways to engage with art while expanding your own writing’s frontiers.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Wait List
Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Nancy Spiller
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Early enrollment advised. Internet access required.

To support our writing community during the developing Covid-19 situation, the Writers’ Program will be offering this one-day Summer quarter course for FREE.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Aug 29, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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