Instructor: Ariela Zucker
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Class Term: 09/28/2020 - 11/02/2020
SCN Member: $160
Class synopsisImages (pictures, photographs) can enhance writing by injecting creative energy that originates in the sense of vision. All we have to do is look around as explorers and be open to what the views stir inside us. This is not a photography class; it is a writing class that draws on the power of the visual.
Each of the five classes will start with instructions regarding the week’s photography assignment, followed by writing suggestions. Combining photography with a writing prompt will generate a conversation between the visual and the literary. Photographs can be taken on a phone camera.
Students will be able to use their surroundings as an untapped reservoir for writing inspiration.
Enhance writing via photography.
Class communication methodEach class will start with a short lecture followed by a photography assignment and a writing prompt. Written work will be submitted to the group page for feedback from other writers and the instructor. * This is not a photography class, a phone camera is that is needed.
- Unit 1: On Personality and Space
The house/home we live in, whether owned or rented, reflects sides of our personality. Looking at our house/home through the eye of the camera’s might bring up new insights, and written words.
- Unit 2: Objects Tell Stories
We all have our collection of things; Pictures, drawings, books, and assorted memorabilia collected over the years. The list might be long or short depending on how inclined we are to collect and keep. Some of these objects accompanied us for many years. We will pick one or two of these, snap a picture, and tell their story, which is our story.
- Unit 3: Hidden Corners
Houses, much like live organisms, present a façade that is an attempt to show the world a well-put-together appearance and cover-up the less appealing parts in ingenious ways. Once identified they can be photographed and used as prompts for writing.
- Unit 4: Shadows Enhance Light
The intricate play between light and shadow in the ‘real’ world creates an exciting exchange we can express through our writing. By emphasizing the shadows, the pictures we are trying to paint with words can be highlighted.
- Unit 5: From the Outside Looking In
The view from the outside can give us a unique perspective on ourselves and others. It is a way to utilize personal perspective to create stories. Photographing from this perspective can create a story from a new and surprising angle.
Class time commitment2-3 hr per week
I was born in Jerusalem, Israel. My husband and I moved to the U.S on September 10th, 2001, followed by three of our daughters. We live in Ellsworth; ME in the motel we own and operate. I write mainly poetry and nonfiction, and self-published three books two about the motel experience and one about my family search. I currently facilitate an online writing group, as well as offer online writing classes.