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Mining Images: A Writing Workshop

  • Nashville Public Library 615 Church Street Nashville, TN, 37219 United States (map)

Sometimes an image or visual scene can inspire a thousand words, whether those words are precisely related to that image or not. This creative writing workshop explores ways to use visual cues to inspire pieces of writing. We’re not talking strictly about describing works of art with words. This class is about looking at images for guidance, structure, and inspiration to write whatever we want. By examining aspects of the visual like composition, color contrast, shape, and texture, we can repurpose what we see into subject, mood, and style in our own writing. We’ll work through a series of creative exercises that use visual elements found in YouTube videos, movie scenes, advertisements, Instagram posts, paintings, memes, and other visual art as formulas for organizing our own thoughts and ideas on paper.

SLANT workshops are intended for students in grades 9 - 12. We meet in StudioNPL on the third floor of the Nashville Public Library. This is a free event open to students from any area, but workshop seating is limited, so please click to RSVP. If you sign up for an event and find that you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that someone else has the opportunity to participate. Contact joe[at]porchtn[dot]org with questions.

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Anna Elise Anderson is a Florida-born artist, poet, teacher, musician, and freelance writer. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida, and her handmade literary zine, SHE THING, is currently a finalist for the Broken Pencil International Zine Awards. Anderson wrote and released two well-received, full-length albums with her former band, Brain F, before releasing two solo folk EPs in 2018 under the name WHEATS. She collaborates frequently with Miami-based performance artist and sculptor Jen Clay, creating and performing original scores for Clay's live performance art pieces. Find her art , music, and info about upcoming shows at  wheatsmusic.com . Find her writing and news on upcoming classes at  annaeliseanderson.com .

Anna Elise Anderson is a Florida-born artist, poet, teacher, musician, and freelance writer. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida, and her handmade literary zine, SHE THING, is currently a finalist for the Broken Pencil International Zine Awards. Anderson wrote and released two well-received, full-length albums with her former band, Brain F, before releasing two solo folk EPs in 2018 under the name WHEATS. She collaborates frequently with Miami-based performance artist and sculptor Jen Clay, creating and performing original scores for Clay's live performance art pieces. Find her art , music, and info about upcoming shows at wheatsmusic.com. Find her writing and news on upcoming classes at annaeliseanderson.com.