Summer School: Ekphrasis: The art of writing from art

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Bella Li
18 January 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Bella Li
Emerging
Ekphrasis—writing from art—is a creative practice that can be traced back to the Iliad of Homer.

Through discussion of the history and evolution of ekphrasis, examples of ekphrasis in works of literature—both poetry and prose—as well as practical workshop exercises, students will learn how to develop and enrich their own writing practice through an active engagement with the visual arts.

You will learn

  • About the history and evolution of ekphrasis
  • to recognise examples of ekphrasis in literature
  • how to write an ekphrastic work in poetry and prose 
  • the relationship between image and word
  • how to incorporate the visual arts into the practice of writing.

About Bella Li

Bella Li is the author of 'Maps, Cargo' (Vagabond Press, 2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and 'Argosy' (Vagabond Press, 2017)—a book of poetry, photography and collage—commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. She is a managing co-editor at Five Islands Press, a co-editor of The Slow Canoe Press, and a co-curator at Photodust, as well as a recent guest editor of 'Cordite Poetry Review' (Issue 55: Future Machines). Her poetry and artwork has been published in a range of journals and anthologies including 'Meanjin', 'Best Australian Poems', 'Cordite Poetry Review', 'Peril Magazine', 'Archives of American Art Journal' (USA) and 'The Kenyon Review' (USA), and is being exhibited at the Triennial of the NGV in 2017–2018. She has taught workshops on poetry and visual art for Writers Victoria and Express Media, and has lectured and tutored literature and creative writing subjects at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.

Bella shared her thoughts about ekphrasis with us in a Q&A. You can read it on this website.

Read more about our Summer School workshops:

Summer School: Writing for the Education Market, 12 January
Summer School: The Art of Criticism – Giving and Receiving Feedback, 13 January
Summer School: Short Story, 14 January
Summer School: Crime, 15 January
Summer School: Writing Picture Books, 16 January
Summer School: Going Indie – Successful Self-Publishing, 17 January
Summer School: New Year, New Novel, 19 January
Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay, 20 January
Summer School: Editing Your Novel, 21 January
Summer School: Memorable Romance Characters, 22 January
Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction, 23 January
Summer School: World Building, 24 January
Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction, 25 January

Event registration fee
WV/NTAV Concession Member $ 135.00
WV/NTAV Member $ 145.00
Non-Member $ 195.00
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