Instructor: Ariela Zucker
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Class Term: 01/09/2023 - 02/27/2023
SCN Member: $285
Class synopsisThis 8 meetings class will provide an opportunity to try different ways to use visuals to enhance writing. Three different modes of testing the powerful ways visual prompts, whether created by other artists or by the writers themselves, will be presented and tried. Each one of them can be used later independently by the participants as an integral part of their writing journey. A. The Ekphrasis – Using existing art (paintings, sculptures, artifacts). B. Reclaiming memories using family photographs. C. Creating the writer’s own visuals to given literary prompts.
Images act like shortcuts to the brain: we are visual creatures, and we are programmed to react to visuals more than to words. Visual stimuli and emotional response are linked in a simple way and these two together generate what we call memories. Hence, powerful images and visual metaphors create strong impressions and lasting memories in learners.
In this class we will experiment with different ways to use visuals in our writing.
To introduce the participants to the power of visuals. To try different ways of using visuals to enhance writing.
Class communication methodThe class will use an online group for lectures, assignments, and group participation plus email.
Each unit will include a short lecture plus examples.
An assignment will be posted on the group page.
Feedback from the teacher and students.
+ On visuals and writing
- The power of visuals to enhance writing.
- Ekphrasis explained via famous examples.
- Ekphrasis cont. 14 ways to react to ekphrasis, choose your own POV
- – On visuals and memory
- A blast from the past (using photographs to enhance memories)
- Become a photographic detective
- Take a photograph for a time travel
III. – Through my eyes
- Colors are all around me
- Shadows and light
8. Juxtaposition and subtext
Class time commitment2-3 hr per class
Born in Jerusalem, Ariela lived in Israel till 2001. For almost thirty years she was an educator, and a counselor, specializing in learning disabilities. For the past sixteen years, Ariela and her husband have lived in Down east Maine, where they run a seasonal mom-and-pop motel. During the off-season, Ariela writes and gives writing classes online and via senior colleges.