Ekphrastic Encounters: Explore Your Response to Art

The word ekphrasis comes from the Ancient Greek and it may be literally translated as “speak out.” Nowadays it is used to mean a description in language of something visual. Art, sculpture, architecture, film, television are all fertile material for ekphrastic writing. But why should a writer employ ekphrasis, or try to ‘make art’ about existing art? Through the interpretation and description of what already exists, ekphrasis provides a challenging exercise for the writer trying to hone imagery, and it also leads to an exploration of the complexity of the artwork itself.

Ekphrastic writing is not just ‘about’ the artwork, but also about how we encounter and experience it. In this workshop you will be encouraged to think about the relationship between writing and artwork and will write in response to intriguing and vibrant visual prompts from various disciplines.

The workshop will also include a short virtual visit to one or two of the most important art galleries around the world! Come prepared to write from the he(art) – all levels and genres welcome.

What Participants Will Take Away

  • Capture the essence of a piece of art in words.
  • Experience the art as never before.
  • Many examples or ekphrastic writing will be read.
  • At least 4 drafts of new writing.

Suitable for All Levels.

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023: 7 AM PDT / 10 AM EDT / 2 PM GMT / 7:30 PM IST

About Instructor
Nora Nadjarian is a poet and writer from Cyprus. Her poetry has been published in Atrium and Poetry International. She was a finalist in the Mslexia poetry competition 2021 and won the Anthropocene Valentine’s Day poetry competition in 2022. Her short fiction has appeared, among others, in FRiGG, MoonPark Review and Lunate and was chosen for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2022 (selected by Kathy Fish).

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