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FSU Center for Creative Writing, Allegany Arts Council Offering Workshops

The Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University and the Allegany Arts Council are offering several informative workshops that will explore the relationship between visual art and writing from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in FSU’s Lane University Center.

“Art & Creative Writing,” a workshop for writers led by Erin Murphy, will focus on the relationship between writing and visual art and the various ways visual art can serve as a muse. Participants are encouraged to bring books, postcards, etc. of visual art that speak to them in some way; they will use these materials, along with prompts provided by the instructor, to generate new writing during the workshop. Murphy is the author of “The Science of Desire.” She teaches at Penn State University.

“Writing Artist’s Statements, Bios and Vision Statements,” a workshop for artists led by Matthew Adams, will prompt artists to reflect on the nature of their work, their personal relationship to it and their technique and philosophy about art. In conjunction with developing their own statements, participants will examine and discuss artists’ statements written by successful contemporary artists after viewing their work. As part of this workshop, participants are asked to bring in some representations of their art. Adams is a fiction writer, former grant writer and former instructor at FSU. He currently teaches at Duquesne University.

“Writing Art Reviews,” a workshop for artists, writers and art enthusiasts taught by Jack Dubose, will examine the process of writing critically about art. Using the art show at the Stephanie Roper Gallery on FSU’s campus as a model, participants will learn how to view work on its own terms, how to discuss technique, how to establish their criteria for a show’s success and how to work within the parameters of medium, aesthetic vision and personal taste. Participants will do some actual writing and develop their ideas and revision strategies to help create a polished art review. Dubose is a writer and musician who has a longtime relationship with the visual arts. He teaches at Garrett College.

The art and writing workshops are sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council and the FSU Faculty Development Grant program. The registration fee is $25 for FSU students and $50 for non-students. FSU students are eligible for a $25 scholarship; contact Gerry LaFemina at (301) 687-4024 or e-mail for more information. Interested participants can also apply for Hadra Scholarships through the Allegany Arts Council, (301) 777-ARTS.

To register for the workshops, visit the Center for Creative Writing Web site at and click on “workshops,” or call the Center at (301) 687-4024. The deadline to apply is March 28.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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