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Writing from Home (via Zoom)

Sundays, February 21 & 28
11 am – 12:30 pm

Local writers, working in a variety of genres and forms, meet with participants for two, 90-minute sessions during consecutive weeks. Each writer, inspired by a work(s) of art in the Museum’s collection, chooses the theme, format, and form for the workshop; allowing both the writers and participants maximum choice. Participants have an opportunity to also share their writing. Sign up for both sessions with one writer or sample across disciplines.

Theme
Seeing in the Dark

What do we strain to see in the darkness? What procession of thoughts interrupts us mid sleep? What is moving into illumination and understanding? What remains obscure and unexplored? In this workshop we will explore the edges of unformed thoughts and fears.

Inspiration Image
Morris Graves, Procession of Sounds in the Night (1943)

Meet your Instructor
Rick Benjamin currently works at UCSB, where he teaches courses in poetry and community, environmental studies, translation, and juvenile justice. The former poet laureate of Rhode Island, he has published three books of poetry and is currently doing the final edit of a fourth, and also a book about the work that poetry helps us to do in our lives.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Writing from Home (via Zoom)

Mondays, March 1 & 8
5:30 - 7 pm

Local writers, working in a variety of genres and forms, meet with participants for two, 90-minute sessions during consecutive weeks. Each writer, inspired by a work(s) of art in the Museum's collection, chooses the theme, format, and form for the workshop; allowing both the writers and participants maximum choice. Participants have an opportunity to also share their writing. Sign up for both sessions with one writer or sample across disciplines.

Theme
Writing the Frozen Moments

The stories we tell about our lives play in a series of memories, similar to the images in Robin Vaccarino's "California Freeze Frame" prints. In this workshop, tell a story from your life through a frozen moment in your memory. By piecing together these disparate memories into a sequence, you will tell stories that are larger than the sum of their parts.

Inspiration Images
Robin Vaccarino's California Freeze Frame series (1979)

Meet your instructor
Kara Mae Brown is an essayist, short story writer, and poet. Her work has appeared in PopMatters, Plainsongs, Hawaii Review, and Green Briar Review, among others. She is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE