Online Event: Writing with Art – Ekphrasis, Versions, Riffs

A portrait of Bonny Cassidy, a woman with pale peach skin, short light hair and brown eyes. She is standing outside and wearing a jacket

A portrait of Bonny Cassidy
06 February 2022 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Bonny Cassidy
How does our brain translate images into words? What can visual and plastic artwork tell us about poetry and vice versa? This workshop approaches the poetic genre of ekphrasis from a broad perspective, with discussion and exercises in ways of seeing. Suited to early or emerging writers looking for a new way to generate poetry, or for visual types seeking to put their optical life into language.

You will learn:


  • Ways to articulate what you see
  • How to shape your ways of seeing into words
  • Formal and stylistic directions for your poetry
  • Traditions and examples of ekphrasis poetry
  • Writing prompts that you can carry with you anywhere


About Bonny Cassidy

Bonny Cassidy is a settler woman of Irish and German descent, living on Dja Dja Wurrung
lands. She is author of three poetry collections, most recently, Chatelaine (Giramondo, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Bonny’s essays on Australian literature and culture have been widely published, and she has been a guest of numerous international festivals and residencies. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, RMIT University.


Not a Member?

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus a year's subscription to ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

Phone: 03 90947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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