4-Week Online Ekphrastic Writing Across Genres, starts October 5, 2020
Begins Monday, October 5, 2020
The cross-disciplinary mode of ekphrastic writing is defined as descriptive writing influenced by the visual arts. This generative writing course is for anyone who’s interested in discovering how engaging with paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, and art installations can shape your poetry, ignite your autobiographical writing, and inform your fiction.
In addition to instruction on how to read art by way of deep-looking—as well as the history and tradition of ekphrasis, and the rhetorical conventions of responding to the visual arts—I’ll introduce you to images to prompt discussions on beauty, nature, science, religion, history, family, and the representation of the human figure.
This course will consist of instruction on the mode of ekphrasis, discussions about visual art across the ages, examples of successful ekphrastic writing, and multi-genre writing invitations. By the end of the course, you’ll have clearer answers to the following:
- How do I find images from around the globe that might spark my writing?
- What do I need to know about the artists’ tools, techniques, and creative processes?
- Which literary writers have employed ekphrasis?
- What craft elements are inherent to ekphrastic writing?
- Ultimately, how do I know if my ekphrastic writing is “successful”?
- What are the ways in which I can engage with the visual arts in my own community?
REQUIRED TEXT: The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020)
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous with weekly deadlines and there is plenty of interaction with Janée and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Students also submit writing during the course, receiving detailed feedback from their peers as well as Janée; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Janée engages with these discussions throughout the week.
- Instructor: Janée J. Baugher
- Class size limited to 10 writers
- October 5, 2020 to November 2, 2020
- Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes and The Body’s Physics. Baugher was educated at Boston University and Eastern Washington University, and her writing has been published journals such as Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, dancers, and choreographers, and her work has been adapted for the stage and set to music at venues such as University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Dance Now! Ensemble in Florida, and University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and in 2011 she was a featured poet at the Library of Congress. Currently, Baugher lives in Seattle and is a submission reader for the St. Louise literary journal, Boulevard.