ClassSense of Adventure: Gallery View—Experiments in Narrative Ekphrasis
This class is offered as part of the Loft's Sense of Adventure theme.
Ekphrasis—the literary response to visual art—often takes the form of poetry, but this class will be geared toward generating narrative prose and/or hybrid texts. Participants will receive prompts in the form of specific artworks (to be viewed online) and methods for translating the art into fiction, memoir, or other narrative forms. These exercises will be followed by analysis of writing by John Keene, A.S. Byatt, Don DeLillo, Tyehimba Jess, or Ali Smith, all created in response to the same artworks. Techniques might include imagining an instance of seeing the work, imagining the life of the work’s subject or artist, or letting the work trigger associations and memories.
All levels of experience are welcome; the goal is to think like a beginner, take risks, and discover new approaches to the page. Sharing creative work with the class is optional; the teaching artist will offer private, supportive feedback on all exercises, with an emphasis on the uniqueness of each writer.
Time commitment will be 40% writing/rewriting, 30% reading, and 30% analysis and (asynchronous) discussion. There will be a week-long break March 8–14.
About Loft Flex Classes
Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access.
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This class will use the wet.ink platform. Find out more here: https://wet.ink/demos