Using the art-filled galleries at Charlotte Art League, writers will respond to what they see before them and learn to use visual art as a tool to prompt rich reflective writing. Participants may choose to respond in poetry or prose or any combination of genres. The aim will be to create rough drafts to expand and/or revise. The session is suitable for all levels of writers, from those cracking open their first blank notebook, to experienced writers who wish to spark their way into new work. Participants will be encouraged to participate in the May ekphrastic juried show at CAL (1+1=3) with work they begin in this workshop.
Chris Arvidson grew up in Michigan. She holds a B.A. from Olivet College, an M.A. from UNC Charlotte, and an M.F.A. from Goucher College. Chris has been an adjunct instructor at Robert Morris University and at UNC Charlotte. She has co-edited three anthologies in which her own work appears: Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology (Main Street Rag), Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories (McFarland), and The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans (McFarland). Her poetry chapbook, The House Inside My Head (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2022. Chris recently curated an ekphrastic show at the Charlotte Art League called “Evolution of Words and Art” and mounted her own ekphrastic show, “Painting Words,” in the League’s galleries.
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