The Visual Essay: Experiments in Form

with Gabriela Denise Frank

Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry, Essay

Online

Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: February 1, 2024
End Date: March 7, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $302.40
General Price: $336.00

Some stories call for a breaking of boundaries, others for a union of text and image or visual form. In this generative course, we'll experiment with different models and create image/text hybrids, concrete poems, and docupoetic essays. We'll read works by Don Mee Choi, Dao Strom, Leila Chatti, and others, and explore how visual essays can interweave memory, experience, pop culture, nature, and reflection—and spark multidimensional experiences on the page. Focused on nonfiction; all genres welcome.

ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:

  • Work outside of class: Optional writing or reading outside of class.
  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.

REGISTRATION DATES: 

  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank

she/her

Gabriela Denise Frank is a Pacific Northwest writer, editor, and creative writing instructor. Her essays, interviews, and fiction, explore identity, feminism, aging, belonging, creative practice, and ancestors. Her work appears in True Story, HAD, Poetry Northwest, Pembroke, DIAGRAM, Hunger Mountain, Bayou, Baltimore Review, The Normal School, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her essay “BAD DATE” was named a Notable Essay of 2020 by Best American Essays. Gabriela’s work is supported by grants, fellowships, and residencies from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Civita Institute, Centrum, Invoking the Pause, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Marble House, Mineral School, Vermont Studio Center, and Willapa Bay. In 2009, she enrolled in her first Hugo House class, which reignited her writing life. Off the page, her literary art installations and performances transform stories into multisensory experiences. Her writing is rooted in place and landscape, a result of her career in architecture and urban design in the western United States. An advocate for public arts and artists, she serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Burien, on the arts advisory committee of 4Culture, and as creative nonfiction editor for Crab Creek Review. For more information go to gabrieladenisefrank.com.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/civitaveritas/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CivitaVeritas

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