Arts & Letters: Exploring Ekphrastic Writing

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Arts & Letters: Exploring Ekphrastic Writing

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Course description: Arts & Letters: Exploring Ekphrastic Writing

Description: Ekphrastic writing takes its inspiration from other art forms, traditionally visual arts.  An ekphrastic piece attempts to capture something of the experience of the artwork which inspires it while transcending it at the same time. In this class, we will explore ekphrastic writing and play with the relationship between writing and visuals.  This will be an Open-Genre class, meaning we will have some exercises geared towards poetry, some towards fiction, some towards memoir and creative essay. This will also be a Generative Workshop, meaning we will focus on creating new work through guided lessons and exercises.  Students may expect some feedback on their work, but there will not be formal workshops and the instructor will not comment upon work done previous to the class.  We will surround ourselves with art to react to, whether in the forms of books from the library or gallery walks through the nearby Greenville County Museum of Art.  We will also experiment with making our own art to use as prompts for further writing.  Above all, we will be together and enjoy the many riches the Greenville art scene has to offer.

Bio: David Bernardy is a writer and an artist living in Greenville.  He earned an MFA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He's taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, North Carolina State University and Furman University.  His writing has appeared in River City, Brevity, Terrain and Cite.  His illustrations have appeared in Highlights for Children.  Visit his illustration website at www.davidbernardy.com