Through the ages, looking at art has become a special and lively way of coming to writing. Using visual art as an inspiration for our writing seems to have developed with civilization and has a long and vital history. Examples abound, called ekphrastic writing, which means roughly, “to give voice to the mute.” In other words, let the paintings speak! Thus, many writers have explored this inspired genre by writing in the presence of art and artists. In this class, we will spend time looking at works of art, observing how they inspired writers to write better, more creative works. We’ll read striking models. We’ll try it ourselves in a studio. This class is designed for both beginning and experienced writers, and will appeal to both poets and prose writers, to people interested in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
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Anne-Marie Oomen is author of the memoirs, Love, Sex, and 4-H, Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields; the collection An American Map: Essays; and a full-length collection of poetry, Uncoded Woman. She is also represented in New Poems of the Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry, and edited Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Twentieth Century, an anthology of seniors’ essays funded by the Michigan Humanities Council. She has written seven plays, including the award-winning Northern Belles (inspired by oral histories of women farmers), and most recently, Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern, 2012 winner of the CTAM contest. She is the former president of Michigan Writers, Inc., and serves as an instructor of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy, ICCA Writer’s Retreat, and Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College, MA. She and her husband, David Early, have built their own home near Empire.