Creative Writing for Visual Artists

Sep 21 - Nov 30
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
If you would like more information about this or any other course offerings, please contact a SVACE Course Advisor at:
Susanne Reece,

Writer, illustrator, visual essayist, copywriter

Are you a visual artist who has always been interested in creative writing, but you haven't known how to get started or where to begin? Or maybe you've done some writing, enjoyed it and are looking to jump back into it. This course will give you the opportunity to experiment, strengthen your voice as a writer, and build confidence in your writing skills in a welcoming and supportive environment. We will explore essential elements of creative writing-character, plot, point of view, setting, theme, and what makes a compelling story. A series of exploratory exercises using visual writing prompts (photographs, illustrations, and paintings), will give you a chance to try your hand at short-form fiction (short story, flash fiction), creative nonfiction (flash memoir, personal essay), and poetry. This course is generative-the focus is to produce new work. Throughout the semester feedback will be given on developing and refining initial drafts for two projects, and you will select one of these for advancement. We will also discuss how to publish, post and share your writing, including blogging, self-publishing and submitting work to publishers and literary journals. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to submit one of your pieces to be edited by the instructor and published and printed in a zine. Let's work together to discover what you like to write, what kinds of stories you want to tell, and how your creative writing can strengthen and inform your visual arts practice.
PREREQUISITE: No prior creative writing experience is necessary.
NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through a combination of regularly scheduled sessions during the listed course hours, as well as asynchronous material that may include prerecorded lectures and media, and interactive discussions.
Course Number
3.5 CEUs