Archive for April, 2010

Art and Writing Workshop

Posted: April 9, 2010 by Ashley Andersen in Events, Poetry

On Saturday, April 3rd, the FSU Center for Creative Writing held its annual Writing and Art workshop. As an artist and writer I am always excited to attend this workshop. This year we combined the two workshops that were offered: Art as Muse and Making Art from Literature, into one session, which I think was a treat for everyone.

We began with poet George Guida’s Art as Muse workshop and looked at a couple of poems after Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. Both poems, Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams, directly address Bruegel’s painting, which I found interesting.

Following that, local painter Bill Dunlap gave us one-panel cartoons without words and assigned us the job of writing the accompanying text. Bill also showed us some of his artwork that involved using text as a visual element: a three-dimensional sculpture and an installation. The text became a visual element because of its composition of color, shape and line. This was inspiring to me because I’m shy at bringing text to an image, especially by hand.

After this exercise we worked on drawing a twig from a tree of our choice, provided by Bill. Twigs are not as simple as they seem when apart from their larger form, rather, there is so much individual design and mechanics to them. Half of us didn’t finish drawing and coloring the details of our twigs. Eventually, we accompanied our illustration with a poem or text inspired by our drawings and the scientific names of the features of our twigs. I find it interesting to draw conclusions and comparisons from seemingly unrelated text and images: it’s amazing the power words have over an image and its meaning.

George then provided images of familiar paintings, sculptures and architecture that we  first described with pure facts, and then we wrote creatively about the image we chose. For me, the most interesting part was devising what each character, in a figurative painting, might be doing or thinking. Some of the images were very abstract and invoked a more tonal writing.

This moved us into our final exercise of the day, a collaborative exercise by workshop members inspired by a long narrative painting by Roy De Forest. De Forest is a funk artist who produced a thirteen paneled work folding out accordion style titled,  Journey To The Far Canine Range And The Unexplored Territory Beyond Terrier Pass.

Artwork covers both sides of the panels, amounting to about 58.5 feet of art. Everyone, including the instructors took two panels and wrote a short poem about them, and we spliced them all together in one reading. It was cool to see each interpretation of the visual story and how those interpretations worked individually and together. Overall, I left the workshop inspired to create, both art and writing and finding new ways to engage both.


April is National Poetry Month

Posted: April 9, 2010 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Poetry, Resource
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April is National Poetry Month! Check out what some of these websites are doing to celebrate.

  • features several programs for this year’s Poetry Month including Poem in Your Pocket Day, an invitation to carry your favorite poem with you on April, 29th, Poem-A-Day emails that feature poems from newly published books, and a Spring Book List featuring new poetry books published  by National Poetry Month Sponsors.
  • Scholastic has great resources for inspiring younger students to write poetry as well as activities, prompts, and resources to help guide the creative process.
  • The New York Times also has great resources for getting students involved with poetry that includes making illustrated chapbooks, posting a poem in different spots around school, and contributing to the Found Poetry Project.
  • Robert Lee Brewer has a blog featured at Writer’s Digest that is currently offering a daily poetry prompt.
  • readwritepoem is “an online gathering place for those who love poetry.” This month they’re doing their 3rd annual Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge and posting a prompt a day submitted by website members. They’ve also got an ever growing list of journals, magazines, and poetry websites.

And of course, the Creative Writing Center is a great place to be during National Poetry Month. Stop by the Center to add a line to our Exquisite Corpse project, read some great contemporary literary journals, browse our poetry and fiction book library, pick up some local publications, or check out some books on the craft of writing poetry.

As always, more information can be found on our website, our Facebook group, or by calling us at 301-687-4340 or sending us an email.


Posted: April 1, 2010 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Uncategorized
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Welcome to the Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing’s new blog. Our blog is designed to function as an extension of  the Center’s physical space and our website. We’ll use the blog to further promote what we’re all about: creative writing and community.

In the upcoming months, readers can expect regular features such as spotlights on local authors, contests opportunities, literary journal and press spotlights, featured work showcases, and various other literary opportunities. Of course the blog will also be another great way to keep up to date on all of our community events. So read, comment, and if you’ve got something you want to share, send it to us.