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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Writing Truth & Beauty: Using Your Photos for Poetic Inspiration FULL

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We’ve all had the experience of hearing the whispers of photographs that seem to have a deeper story to tell. Whether they’re treasured family snapshots, polished studio portraits or spontaneous cell phone images, certain pictures arrest our attention and prompt an emotional response we cannot immediately express – but we hope we’ll find a way. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel and haven’t said, and capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll let the images “speak” - writing poems that capture the feelings, personalities, relationships, rites of passage, cultural identity and family history evoked by photographs. When personally chosen photos are brought into a writing circle, powerful writing about family, community, and cross-cultural identity emerges. We’ll explore the photos as a warm-up to generating first drafts. Poets of any experience are welcome. Please bring photos to work from!

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Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator from Boston. She’s the author of three poetry chapbooks, and her poems and photos are published in many literary journals. She serves on the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the Bi-Monthly... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Charter School Room 3

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