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Image & Word: Write Poetry Inspired by Local Art

Make this Poetry Month really special with community arts walks and poetry writing with former poet laureate, Erica Goss!

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Wednesdays in April:
4/3, 4/10, 4/17 and 4/24

5:30pm-7:00pm

This is an IN PERSON event

Wordcrafters Studio
436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401

We now offer Pay From Your Heart Pricing

We want everyone to have access to our writing programs. Choose the ticket price that best reflects your financial capacity. If you need further support, please contact us at bewriting@wordcrafters.org.

Participant: $187

Sustainer: $249

Patron: $311

Members save 10% at whatever level they can commit to, on this and other events and classes. Want to know more about becoming a Wordcrafter? Click here.

This class is best suited for Developing and Working Writers.

Registration Closes March 27

Masks Optional.
(if you’re sick, please stay home and take care of yourself.)

Use local visual art as inspiration for writing poems.

After this class with Erica Goss, you’ll never have the dreaded writers block again! You’ll know the secret to jumpstarting your writer brain: The Greeks had a word for it: “ekphrasis.” Many well-known poets, from Robert Lowell to Diane Seuss, have written beautiful, thought-provoking art-inspired poems. And no matter what, if you’re feeling stuck in your writing life, there will always be more art to look at for inspiration!

In this four-week generative poetry class, you will learn how to enhance your creativity from a selection of art including paintings, photographs and sculpture. 

In addition, we will take several walking field trips to view public art in downtown Eugene. Contemplating the deeper meanings in works of art, will give you plenty of ideas for new poems.

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.

Poets ages 16 and up are welcome.

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

Join us for this unique writing experience.


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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