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Saturday, April 7 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
8D: Creating Pictures with Words: How and Why Visual Writing Works FULL
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Most writers have great verbal skills. They became writers because they fell in love with reading books. Reading can elicit an array of sensory perceptions but what great writing does most powerfully is make us see. It's the mind's "eye" that engages when we read.
Joseph Conrad once said, "My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see." As Conrad rightfully suggests, writers are equal parts visual artists.
Language that paints a picture deepens the reader's emotional response because we are hardwired to respond emotionally to images. It's no accident that so much of our great literature has been adapted into films, plays, comics and other visual art forms. In this lecture we will look at the synergy between the mind and the eye and how the devices visual artists use to create pictures can be employed by the writer to great effect.

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Annie Weatherwax

Author, ALL WE HAD
Annie Weatherwax is a writer and an artist. Winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction, her short stories have appeared in The Sun Magazine, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has written extensively on the synergy between the mind and the eye, and the link between language... Read More →

Saturday April 7, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor