TURNING IMAGES INTO TALES: Using Visual Art as Prompts for Fiction Writing

Saturday, October 26, 2019 l 9:00 am – 3:00 pm l Bernardsville, NJ

Ekphrastic writing (fiction or poetry based on visual art) is found in works as diverse as Girl with the Pearl Earring, Moby Dick, and Ode to a Grecian Urn. For today’s writers who are looking for new seed ideas for stories and novels, the world of visual art is ripe for picking.

This workshop will offer participants a chance to learn what ekphrastic writing is, and:

  • see examples of it in prose
  • discover for themselves how to find these magic story generating artworks
  • write using visual prompts provided by the workshop presenter
  • share their work for generous and gentle critique

Handouts will include examples of writing based on visual art by writers like Susan Vreeland, Steven Millhauser, Tracy Chevalier, Keats, and more. Paintings, illustrations, and sculptures will be shared as either postcards or slides to use for prompts for writing exercises.

Fee for full day and a nutritious lunch is $125.00

Also join us for “From Art to Art: Ekphrastic Poetry” on September 28 and save 15%

Questions? Call: 908-872-1775 l Email: editors@tiferetjournal.com


Donna Baier Stein

DONNA BAIER STEIN (www.donnabaierstein.com)

Donna is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bronze winner in Foreword Reviews 2017 Book of the Year Award, more), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist), Sometimes You Sense the Difference, Letting Rain Have Its Say, and Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton. She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, a scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers conference, and other awards. Her work has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Florida Review, Confrontation, Gargoyle, Writer’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, New York Quarterly, and many other journals and anthologies.