Explore Words + Images (with Susan Ito and Maw Shein Win)

Susan Ito

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win




SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3  |  In this interactive one-day workshop, we’ll find writing inspiration from new, unexpected sources. Instructors Susan Ito and Maw Shein Win will introduce a surprising host of artistic exercises to ignite your imagination and push your creative practice to new places. We will share inventive strategies to generate fresh ideas and inspire your writing through art. Moving between words and images, we will generate fresh new poetry and prose as well as easy-to-make art.

At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a beautiful, unique handmade book of art and words as well as an invaluable list of resources and exercises to keep you moving forward in your writing and creative life. This lively and engaging workshop is excellent for both poets and prose writers who have an interest in the intersection and possibilities of art and text. No experience in either art or writing is necessary! Beginners are welcomed, as well as experienced poets, writers and artists who are looking to stretch their creative boundaries.

Light snacks and beverages provided. Bring a notebook.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” —Henry Ward Beecher 

Susan Ito is author of The Mouse Room. She co-edited the anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. She has been a columnist and editor at Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Hyphen, Catapult, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves and elsewhere. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the United States. She writes and teaches at the Grotto, at Bay Path University and Mills College. Her collection of essays about identity and family is forthcoming in 2019. In addition to writing, she studies calligraphy, watercolor and paper arts and is an active member of the Friends of Calligraphy. Her art-based Instagram is @itoscribe.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, educator, and editor. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. Along with composer Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. A collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a Glittering Palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Win’s most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press and was a City Lights Books bestselling paperback. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. https://www.nomadicpress.org/mawsheinwin

Contact: susanito@mac.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Date: Sunday, February 3

Course fee: $150 (includes cost of art materials)

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