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Topics in Creative Writing: Writing From Art

This multi-genre creative writing course will focus on the composition of imaginative writing inspired by visual art. We’ll begin the semester with readings about and of ekphrastic work before moving into a workshop-based course augmented by discussion of examples of ekphrasis in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Throughout the semester, we’ll consider why writers turn to art for inspiration and how we can avoid the pitfalls of ekphrasis. As Peter Campion notes in a recent article, “We’ve all read “ekphrastic” poems—poems written in response to visual art—that fail precisely because they imitate the other medium too faithfully.” Our focus, after all, is on creation, rather than imitation.

Course Number

ENGL 223 B1


Abbate, Francesca M.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings three times each week. Attendance at synchronous activities is not required at the assigned course time. Asynchronous activities will include recorded lectures and other videos, as well as writing assignments. Students will also meet in small groups that they schedule themselves.

Time Slot

Mid Afternoon



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