Let’s Talk About It: Understanding Race and Culture Through Portraiture and Writing
Wednesday, September 30, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Please join the National Portrait Gallery and DC-based writer Willona Sloan as we engage in creative writing exercises designed to encourage meaningful dialogue around topics that include race and cultural identity. Through guided looking of works of portraiture from the collection of the Portrait Gallery we will write to celebrate and affirm diverse perspectives and identities with the goal of fostering community across cultures. This program is intended for writers of all levels who are 18+.
Virtual Teacher Workshop | Portraits Inspiring Student Writing about Current Events
Session I – Strike a Prose for Teachers
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:30 — 5:00pm EST
Learn teaching strategies while generating new writing of your own in this creative writing workshop. We will use portraits of social justice activists from the Portrait Gallery’s collection as the inspiration for creative writing that explores current political issues, including the ongoing protests for police reform and racial equity. The workshop will include guided nonfiction and poetry writing exercises.
Virtual Teacher Workshop | Session II – Portraits, Pens & Protests
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:30 — 5:00pm EST
In this workshop, we will share strategies for using portraits to inspire creative writing about current political events. The workshop will include interactive discussion and mini-writing exercises, designed to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. The workshop will build on Session I but may also be taken as an independent workshop.
Virtual Writing Hour
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST
I host a weekly, free virtual writing happy hour on Tuesdays. Please join us whenever you can. We look at one work of art that inspires the writing prompt. You can also work on your own writing during the time. It’s just a fun way to gather in a collective creative space.