Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for three online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts.
The sessions spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. Each workshop has a limited enrollment to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.
Please Note: Individual sessions are available for individual purchase.
NOV 2 Character: Discover Dimensions
Take inspiration from the self portrait of 19th-century French artist Suzanne Valadon to imagine and write multi-dimensional characters.
NOV 9 Setting: Explore Place and Time
Step inside 20th-century photographer Berenice Abbott’s Pennsylvania Station to explore how setting can generate plot, character, and theme.
NOV 16 Story: Imagine Possibilities
Dive into 20th-century artist Edward Hopper’s People in the Sun to construct multiple narratives from a single source.
Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. She presents workshops nationwide in creative writing and drama as a Kennedy Center teaching artist and was a faculty member at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.
Photo caption (upper right): Mary Hall Surface in front of Edward Hopper’s 1939 painting "Cape Cod Evening", National Gallery of Art
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