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Mothering: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Morning Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1K0246
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Demeter Mourning for Persephone by Evelyn De Morgan

Discover the power of reflective writing inspired by art guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface.

The work of two British artists, painter Evelyn De Morgan and poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, open us to an exploration of Demeter, Greek mythology’s goddess of fertility and Mother Earth. Through close looking and imaginative writing, we reflect on the myriad meanings of mothering in our lives, in the natural world, and in the creative process.

Designed for writers of all levels, the workshop invites you to look outwardly at paintings and poetry and to look inwardly through writing. These reflections can become creative fertile ground for memoir, poetry, and more.

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.

The workshop has a limited enrollment to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.

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