1,000 Words: What Images Teach Us about Fiction

Date: 2/10/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 - 3:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $105.00
• Member: $94.50
• Low-Income: $73.50

We all know the cliche, but for those of us whose currency is fiction, we want the thousand words, not the picture. In this class for writers of all skill levels, we'll explore what our novels and short stories can learn from photographs, paintings, and other images.

With excerpts from the essays of Susan Sontag, Geoff Dyer, Teju Cole, John Berger, and others—as well as photographs from Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebasti'o Salgado, and more—we'll discuss the difference between description and evocation; what it means to capture vs. conjure; the role that time plays in pictures and in writing; and the unique strengths that liberate myth from narrative.

Indulging our creativity with in-class writing exercises, open discussions, and informal group workshop, writers will gain a greater understanding of how our senses engage with fiction, as well as how to translate an image's power into writing of our own. Bring a bag lunch; we'll write while we eat and break as needed. $5 copy fee.