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Writing Workshop: Inspiration Everywhere

Talks/Lectures, Class/Workshop

Surel's Place artist-in-resident Clare Johnson will lead this writing workshop showing you how to use unexpected aspects of our surroundings at Surel’s Place to generate your own writing ideas. The experience will include writing prompts using art, art books, music, photographs, the space’s history and even its architecture as jumping off points. We will also explore how you can apply these approaches anywhere you are writing. Anyone old enough to be interested in writing can participate and enjoy the experience. BIOGRAPHY Clare Johnson is a visual artist and writer, originally from Seattle. For her writing, Johnson has received the Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize, June Dodge Fellowship at Mineral School and a Jack Straw Fellowship. Publications include Poetry Northwest, Shake The Tree, Raven Chronicles, cover art for two books, and authoring DK Publishing’s 2017 book How to Draw (Penguin Random House). Other major projects include Drawing from Literature (a growing series of art inspired by favorite books), for which she received an Artist Trust grant and her first Surel’s Place residency. Her ongoing Post-it Note Project (drawing and writing ona post-it note every night to remember something from the day) has featured in Real Change, Seattle Weekly and Seattle Magazine. The Seattle Review of Books posts weekly excerpts from the over 4,000 post-its she’s made so far, also publishing her monthly series of essays exploring themes behind the art. As a teacher, she founded creative writing classes at London’s Lauderdale House and at Cambridge University's Kettle's Yard, also teaching at Momentum Arts in Cambridge, and Hugo House and Thrive Art School in Seattle.