Sunday, June 10, 2007

Martha Gies workshop on The Art of the Interview, August 12-18

Week-long writing workshop at Menucha on the Columbia River Gorge: *

The Art of the Interview: 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.

Instructor 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 various anthologies. She is the author of Up All Night (Oregon State University Press, 2004), a documentary portrait of Portland told through the stories of 23 people who work graveyard shift.

Held at Menucha, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, this one week residential workshop features a small class in a nurturing community atmosphere. 30 Minutes from Portland, the historic 96 acre Meier estate includes walking trails, gardens, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool. Other classes include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, pastel, collage and new this year, ukulele. These classes, which may be taken for credit, provide instruction and techniques for integrating a variety of art forms into the classroom for anyone from the total novice to the seasoned professional. Partial scholarships may be available.
Register online at Creative Arts Community.

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