Workshop B


“Artful Writing: Finding Inspiration for Creative Writing in Other Art Forms.”
Presenter:  Alexandra Teague
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020
Arts Workshop, 1912 Center, 412 E 3rd St, Moscow, ID 83843.


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Countless writers have found inspiration in visual art, music, dance, and other art forms. How can these other arts help inspire our own written works? How might a story or essay or poem not only be about a photograph but somehow “photographic?” Or sculptural? Or painterly? Or like a piece of jazz music? In this interactive workshop, poet and fiction writer Alexandra Teague will help writers of all levels explore what they can learn from responding to the other arts. We’ll discuss a few short readings as models, and try some exercises to jumpstart our own writing.

Alexandra Teague’s most recent poetry collection, Or What We’ll Call Desire, was published by Persea in 2019. Her prior books of poetry are The Wise and Foolish Builders and Mortal Geography, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award. She is also the author of the novel The Principles Behind Flotation, as well as co-editor of Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence. A former Stegner and NEA fellow, and recent fellow at Civitella Ranieri, Alexandra is a professor at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.


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