Experiments in Form: Learning to Write From Art with Kristine Marx

    Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Monday, August 9, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Kristine Marx
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Mondays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    This workshop looks to both art and literature as inspiration for writing. The focus is on form and the many ways to structure a narrative. 

    In each session, we analyze a painting and story side-by-side to appreciate the creator’s innovation and see connections between the visual and language arts. More importantly, as writers we will investigate how the ‘great ones’ did it and what we can borrow from their experimentation. 

    Students examine such themes as the use of multiple points of view found in Virginia Woolf and Cubism. Surrealism, fairytales and the fantastic in art and story. Ecstatic expression in Dennis Johnson and Jackson Pollock. And the carefully constructed, observed worlds of Edward P. Jones’s realism paired with the paintings of Vermeer.

    Each week students are given a writing assignment on form prompted by our class discussions. Students are encouraged to play outside their comfort zone. This workshop emphasizes creativity and exploration, not polished work. The goal is for students to investigate new ways to generate work of their own that may be later revised in a finished piece. 

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Writers interested in fiction and/or narrative structures. Writers who want to get out of their comfort zone and try a new approach. 

    Your Instructor
    Kristine Marx is an artist and writer. She has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Tokyo. Her art criticism is published in MIT Press PAJ: Journal of Performance Art and Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art: Materiality. She is a recipient of grants from New York State Council of the Arts, the Goethe Institut, and the Experimental Television Center and was a resident artist at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Kolin Ryynänen Centre for Arts & Culture in Finland and Herrman & Wagner in Berlin. She has taught art theory and studio courses at Pratt Institute, Parsons, the Whitney Museum in New York, and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in visual art from Hunter College, a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is working on her second master’s degree in Sarah Lawrence’s Graduate Writing Program. She lives in Beacon with her husband, pharaoh hound, and magnolias. 


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.