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Writing from the Art: What Can Art Teach Us About Writing? with Mark Haunschild

Tuesdays, Sept. 5 -- Sept 26, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
$199 Regular, $149 Student

About the Class

As writers, we draw inspiration from the world around us, but when we look for instruction on how to write, we too often look for answers from writing, writers, and teachers of writing. What would happen if, instead, we looked for instruction on how to write from other art forms and crafts? This class will explore that “what if”. What can art teach us about writing?

  • What might textile arts teach us about narrative and chronology in a story?
  • How might a painting and it’s requisite studies help us see something new in our approach to drafting?
  • How might a sculpture work as a metaphor for the revision process?

During this four week class students will generate new work, develop dynamic workshopping techniques, practice self-guided revision strategies, and investigate the relationship between making visual art and making words. While some students may choose to write about art in this class, writing about art is not a requirement. What will be required is that students consider how other art forms might reinvigorate our methods for writing and the subjects we write about.

Writers of various abilities working in all genres are welcome to participate, though for the sake of time, we will be focusing on poetry, short and flash forms.


Meet Your Instructor

Mark Haunschild teaches writing and literature at Arizona State University, where he coordinates the Face-to-Face Writers' Studio and serves as the faculty advisor of poetry for Superstition Review. His recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in A Dozen Nothing, Elke “A Little Journal”, The Squaw Valley Review, Waxwing, Watershed Review, and The Drunken Boat. He is also a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.