Friday, March 23, 2007

Creative Arts Community at Menucha

Every summer the Creative Arts Community presents workshops at Menucha in the Columbia Gorge. I went last year and took a dialogue workshop from Martha Gies. This year Martha is offering a workshop on how to interview an artist.

from the Creative Arts Community website:
"Using as our laboratory the Menucha campus, its studios and barns full of painting and ceramics, its individual classes full of people creating art, we will each choose one artist (may be faculty or student) to observe and interview during the week. The product will be a first-draft profile of a working artist. For inspiration we will look at profiles provided by the instructor, pieces of eloquence and skill published in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Note: Writers are welcome to bring tape recorders and cameras, though neither is required.

Martha Gies began publishing nonfiction in the mid-seventies and was a Seattle correspondent to Variety for two years. Her short stories and literary essays appear widely in literary quarterlies, including Zyzzyva, Orion and The Sun, and in several anthologies. In 2004, Oregon State University Press published Up All Night, her portrait of Portland told through the stories of 23 people who work graveyard shift."

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