Arts France with Saint Francis University View Profile
July 17 - 29, 2017
Le Prieuré, 81430 Ambialet, France

Writing in the Flash: Portraits in Language
with Sarah Leavens

What is the connection between the words we use to write, and the portraits we seek to form with them? With looking, seeing, and “writing in the flash” as our focus, this workshop will be of use to writers of any genre. We will take advantage of working alongside a photography workshop to hone your sense of sight and use of language. Workshop meetings will be based on group discussions of contemporary published writing and your own evolving work. We will also address the relationship between scene and story, and the rich potential of describing that which happens just beyond a given image’s frame. Surrounded by a community artists, you’ll have the opportunity to form creative relationships across genres or disciplines that can spark fresh directions in ongoing work. Designed for beginners and intermediate writers.


Choose one or both week sessions:
One Week: July 17 – July 21 or July 24 – July 29

Two Weeks: July 17 – July 29


Registration and $300 non-refundable deposit by April 21.

Final payment is due by May 5.

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A writer, teacher, and artist residing in Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah Leavens is a Lecturer in Public and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. With a background in nonprofit outreach, community-integrated projects, and nontraditional classroom teaching, as well as visual art, she also works as a teaching artist specializing in drawing, painting, bookbinding and book arts, creative writing, and intersections thereof. Her poetry has appeared in LUNCH, The Diverse Arts Press, Corium, and So to Speak, among other places, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize; she is poetry editor for Lime Hawk literary journal. Leavens received an MFA in poetry and nonfiction, with specializations in travel writing and pedagogy, from Chatham University in 2012, and she was the 2012-2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA. Current projects include pedagogical development (always), a full-length poetry manuscript, being a homeowner, and fostering kittens.  

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