Exploring Ekphrasis

Join Erica Goss and use visual art to inspire your poetry!

September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
*No class November 21
There will be a reading December 5

6-7:30 PM Pacific

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

This is an intermediate to advanced class.

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This thirteen week class is dedicated to writing poems inspired by visual art! This season, we will look at the art of the landscape: pastoral,  picturesque, and sublime, and study the work of painters such as Thomas Cole, John Constable, and Georgia O’Keeffe, who created iconic works that celebrated Nature in its endless varieties.

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 then, we’ll 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 :

  • You’ll gain more awareness of art freely available for viewing.
  • You’ll engage in a study of ekphrasis as a sub-genre of poetry.
  • You’ll do lots of close reading of ekphrastic poems.
  • You’ll experiment with writing ekphrastic poems.
  • You’ll leave with twelve completed poems or drafts of ekphrastic poems.
  • And you’ll have the joy of continued exploration of ekphrastic poetry, in 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.