THE ART OF DESCRIPTION with OWEN MURRAY and COLLEEN KINDER
June 28 to July 2
All authors are illustrators. They sketch vivid scenes, legible faces, contoured landscapes, and so much more in the reader’s minds-eye. How do we cultivate this ability: to animate the visual world distinctively and unforgettably in the imaginations of our readers? This workshop focuses on the art of description, through myriad writing exercises and prompts, as well as basic lessons in drawing and photography. Drawing from the painter John Ruskin’s belief in “word-painting,” we will use visual art as a portal into prose-writing, bringing our attention to the minute detail of our environment on the Millay grounds, and exploring how we can cultivate a particular voice and aesthetic through the very things we notice and render. Co-taught by a writer and photographer/illustrator team Colleen Kinder and Owen Murray, this course will take students on a two-dimensional journey, equipping them to illustrate the visual world in radiant detail.
OWEN MURRAY is a Canadian illustrator and photographer, who splits his time between Canada and Egypt. For over a decade, pen, paper and lens have accompanied him on projects spanning from Oman to Turkmenistan and Japan. In the winter, he can usually be found in Upper Egypt photographing cultural heritage sites, and in the fall and summer he’s likely in his native Alberta, doing freelance photography and teaching at the Edmonton Digital Arts College.
COLLEEN KINDER is a travel essayist loosely based in too many places. Colleen’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic.com, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, Creative Nonfiction, and The Best American Travel Writing 2013, Colleen received her MFA from the University of Iowa and currently teaches writing for Yale Summer Session in Auvillar, France. She is the co-founder of the magazine Off Assignment