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Virtual Workshop – Write to Art: Explore the Artist Swoon

June 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Swoon's work Maram
Discover how tender, how strong your words are, you are.

Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 2 – 4 PM (EST)
Location: The comfort of your own home!
Cost: FREE (Donations to Contemporary Craft are gratefully accepted!)
RSVP to receive the virtual workshop link here

swoon: noun: partial or total loss of consciousness, a state of ecstasy; verb: become enraptured.

Dialogue with Swoon’s The Heart Live through the Hands exhibition artworks on your computer screen. Let her art excite you, open you, usher you into writing your most urgent poems and stories. Like Swoon’s art, discover how tender, how strong your words are, you are.

As writers, you know that inspiration is a gift and we need to create opportunities for finding it. Writing to art is one way to open up new paths to our personal and/or social concerns. Which artworks engage your vital life questions? Who do you become in the artwork? What comforts or disturbs you in the artwork? What do you hear, taste, smell as you enter the work?

This virtual writing adventure uses image-rich poems and questions for reflection as jumping-off points for creating new writing. Write any way you like: as stories, fragments, poems, meditations, questions. Students will generate and share new writing in a safe, playful, virtual workshop setting via Zoom. All writing levels and experience are welcome!

Instructor: Sheila Kelly is a published poet who leads writing workshops in libraries, community centers, art galleries and in Pitt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She uses poems and questions for reflection as prompts in a supportive group setting as a way for writers to build confidence and develop their uninhibited voices. Sheila is passionate about leading ekphrasis (writing to art) workshops and has guided hundreds of writers into writing their urgent stories by encountering exhibition artworks at Contemporary Craft.

Materials: A notebook and a pen. Students will receive images of Swoon’s work and will receive prompts and questions for reflection prior to this workshop.