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Exploring & Expanding Ekphrastic Writing

4 Weeks • with Rebecca Hart Olander • All Levels

  • Starts Sep 16
  • 250 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

In this four-week generative multi-genre workshop, we will explore ekphrastic writing together. Ekphrasis is commonly considered “written description of a work of art produced as a literary exercise.” In our course writings, we’ll go beyond description, using ekphrasis to create responses to works of art in a way that enlarges the original work and adds to the conversation it is having with the world. Each week we’ll find new ways of thinking about our subjects, experimenting with a host of ekphrastic strategies. We’ll read and discuss the ekphrastic works of others, learning how different writers approach making new work in conversation with other art. And viewing art as inspiration, we’ll generate responses that inhabit multiple perspectives and stances, writing from the places of artist, artwork, viewer, objects, habitats, canvas, and more. Participants are invited, not required, to continue developing responses outside of class. By the course’s end, you’ll have a toolbox of approaches for future ekphrastic writing, several starts of creative works poised to become short prose or poems, and exposure to new ways of seeing and collaborating with other artists. WEEKLY BREAKDOWN: Week 1: Beginning / Reading & writing the view Week 2: Reading & writing the artist / viewer Week 3: Reading & writing the place / medium Week 4: Writing beyond the frame / Closing" INSTRUCTOR REBECCA HART OLANDER is the editor/director of Perugia Press, a nonprofit feminist poetry press. She has taught poetry writing at Amherst College, Westfield State University, and Mass Poetry, and she works with poets in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. Her poetry and collaborative visual and written work has been published widely, and her books include Dressing the Wounds (dancing girl press, 2019) and Uncertain Acrobats (CavanKerry Press, 2021). She holds a BA from Hampshire College, an MAT in English from Smith College, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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