Exploring Ekphrasis

Visual Arts Meet Poetry

Use Visual Art For Your Poetic Creativity!

13 Tuesdays:
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25,
November 1, 8, 15, 29
*No class November 22
There will be an optional reading December 6

6-7:30 PM Pacific

Members $299 | Nonmembers $349

This event is virtual and will meet in the Wordcrafters Online Zoom Studio

This is an intermediate class, open to writers 16 and up.

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What’s better than ekphrasis? More ekphrasis! Join poet Erica Goss for another session of “Exploring Ekphrasis,” a class dedicated to writing poems inspired by visual art. This time around, we will study the work of painters, sculptors and photographers, letting their art lead us into discovering our own poetry.

Each week, we will closely observe the work of the featured artist. We will ask ourselves how the work moves us, what we can relate to and what seems strange, and express ourselves through writing poems in response.

As part of a writing community, we’ll comment constructively on each other’s work, giving and receiving feedback in a respectful manner. By the end of the course, students will have twelve drafts or completed poems, one for each week, and an appreciation for ekphrasis as an inspiration for poetic creativity.

Several of Erica’s students have had poems they wrote in her class published!

List of goals for the class:

  • Awareness of art available for viewing.
  • Study of ekphrasis as a sub-genre of poetry.
  • Close reading of ekphrastic poems.
  • Students experiment with writing ekphrastic poems.
  • Students leave with twelve completed poems or drafts of ekphrastic poems.
  • Continued exploration of ekphrastic poetry, both reading and writing.

Classes will feature in-class and out of class writing and readings, sharing work, and commenting on others’ writing.


About the Instructor

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. In 2019, she won the Zocalo Poetry Prize. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Convergence, Spillway, Cider Press Review, Eclectica, The Tishman Review, Tinderbox, The Red Wheelbarrow, and Main Street Rag, among others. She is the founder of Girls’ Voices Matter, an arts education program for teen girls. Erica is the editor of Sticks & Stones, a monthly poetry newsletter. Please visit her at www.ericagoss.com.


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