Writing with Art: A Generative Workshop with Michael Dumanis

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In this intensive five-day generative workshop, we will experiment with ekphrastic writing, that is, text that describes, is inspired by, or otherwise reacts to visual art. We will discuss the various ways to capture the power of a visual artwork through language and how to use an existing visual artwork as a springboard for a writer's own literary imagination. To this end, will consider passages from Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch, Michael White's Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir, and John Ruskin's stunning essays on the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, as well as individual ekphrastic poems by John Keats, Rainer Maria Rilke, WH Auden, William Carlos Williams, Mark Strand, Jorie Graham, Mary Jo Bang, Kevin Young, Rick Barot, Rickey Laurentiis, and Robin Coste Lewis. Each day we will attempt our own ekphrastic pieces, taking field trips to two terrific art museum--MassMoCA in North Adams and The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown--as well as considering artwork in Bennington College's own collection. This workshop would be of interest to poets, nonfiction and prose/hybrid writers, as well as to visual artists who want to incorporate writing in their work, or wish to write about art.

June 14-18, 2018
Bennington College Campus
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201

Cost: $1,200
- Includes tuition, plus room and board for four nights/five days
- Housing is dormitory-style, single room on the Bennington College campus
- Dining is at The Student Center
- Lunches during museum visits are on your own

Enrollment deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Registration Day: June 14, noon-3:00 pm in Barn 100
- Pick up packets/keys/IDs
- After 3:00 pm these will be left at Campus Safety

Departure Day: June 18 at 2 p.m.
- Participants must be moved out of dorms by 2:00 pm
- Keys and IDs returned to BWS office by 2:00 pm

Participation/Cancellation: This workshop will run with a minimum of five students and a maximum of 10. If enrollment is below five students by end of day on May 30, the workshop will be cancelled and refunds granted.

Payment: $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot, balance owed by May 30, 2018. 

Reserve your spot today by filling out the form below!