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Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Daytime Workshop (Session 1 of 4-Session Course)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1K0023
$40 - Member
$45 - Non-Member
Self-Portrait, ca. 1630, by Judith Leyster (National Gallery of Art)

Save $20 when you purchase all 4 sessions of the Write into Art course!


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.


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 a series of four online workshops that explore the essential elements of writing through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing.

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 is limited to 30 participants to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.

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 six-summer faculty member at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.


Character: Uncovering Complexity

Meet 17th-century Dutch artist Judith Leyster through her self-portrait as you probe how details help create rich, compelling characters.


If you are interested in additional Write Into Art workshops, view the upcoming schedule:


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.