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The View from Here: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Morning Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1K0116
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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The Beach by Hughie Lee-Smith, 1962 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Spend a summer morning discovering the joy and power of reflective writing inspired by visual art. Guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface, participants have the opportunity to slow down, look closely, question, wonder, and write inspired by Hughie Lee-Smith's intriguing painting, The Beach. These reflections can become fertile creative ground for memoir, poetry, and more.

Designed for the curious and writers of all levels, the workshop invites participants to see with new eyes and strengthen their resilience and hope as they look outwardly at art and inwardly through writing.

Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. She has presented workshops nationwide in creative writing and drama as a Kennedy Center teaching artist, a Harvard Project Zero Classroom faculty member, and online for Washington National Cathedral, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and more.

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

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