Workshops

Purnima’s workshops makes space for you to take risks, try something new, and expand your creative community. They are designed for adults of all levels of writing and art-making experience. Browse current community workshops below.

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Inspired by Art with Purnima Ghogar (digital event)

  • 14 Aug 2021 4 p.m. AEST 
  • Online via Zoom
  • Price: $8 AUD

A workshop that explores how visual art can fire the imagination through the power of imagery and be a powerful stimulus for inspiring poetry. Create poems that are inspired by famous artworks, learn how to adopt different perspectives, and explore new ways of looking deeply whilst making personal connections.

Delivered in conjunction with Red Room Poetry in celebration of the inaugural Poetry Month 2021.

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Participants will gain an introduction to the origins of ekphrastic poetry, explore and discuss examples of compelling ekphrastic poetry and the famous works of art that inspired them.

You will experiment with writing poems inspired by famous artworks, learn how to adopt different perspectives in poetry inspired by art (such as viewer, artist, character and memory), and explore how art can spark new insights and personal connections. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created poems that are inspired by artworks from prolific artists such as Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko.

Through a combination of writing exercises and discussion, poets will learn new ways of looking deeply at objects and apply effective visual thinking techniques to articulate what they observe and feel. Participants will be able to share their creations in a supportive, small-group environment.

This workshop is designed for writers interested in gaining new inspiration to further their craft, experiment with poetic voice and the ekphrastic form, as well as engage in a lively discussion of artworks and ekphrastic poetry.

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Ekphrastic Writing Workshop Group: Creative Writing Inspired by Art (Online)

  • Begins Saturday May 1 2021 (Introduction to Ekphrasis)
  • Online on Zoom
  • Price: Free

This is an exclusive group for writers passionate about getting together regularly to develop their writing craft - small classes guarantee individual attention, and makes space for you to write, share and try a little more than you might on your own.

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Workshop participants will review examples of compelling ekphrastic poetry and the works of art that inspired them. You will write your own works across a range of text types using images that personally inspire you, which you can bring along, as well as from reproductions of museum artworks around the world, which we will provide. Learn how to write through different perspectives (viewer, artist, subject, memory) and explore how art can spark new insights and personal connections. The workshop offers writers new ways of looking deeply at an object, generating effective strategies for articulating what you observe and feel. In addition to writing exercises and discussion, participants are encouraged (though not obliged) to share their creations in a supportive, small-group environment. Whether you are looking to expand your skills, meet other writers or simply have fun with ekphrasis, the workshops will do just that and more.

Workshop size is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online on Zoom: You will receive Zoom access information via email prior to your scheduled workshop(s).

Price: Free

Schedule:

Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Participants have the option to enrol in subsequent workshops held monthly thereafter (dates TBC) 

Duration: 2 hours

Time: 

  • 7:00AM: Pacific Standard Time
  • 10:00AM: Eastern Standard Time
  • 2:00PM: Greenwich Meridian Time
  • 3:00PM: British Summer Time
  • 7:30PM: India Standard Time
  • 9:00PM: Indo-China Time
  • 12:00AM +1: Australian Eastern Standard Time

Educator: Purnima Ghogar

Facilitator: Darci Walker

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