Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) is excited to present “A Thousand Words— Guided Writing About the Art You See,” a one-day adult writing class facilitated by local author Sarah Sentilles. The class is offered as part of SVMoA’s current BIG IDEA project, Deeds Not Words, Women Working to make Change and will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Museum in Ketchum.
In this class, students will participate in 90 minutes of creative writing exercises based on the Deeds Not Words visual arts exhibition. Art inspires, captures, escapes, conceals and reveals. Students will experiment with new ways to view art and play with language as they describe what they see and feel. The class is designed for writers of all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Sarah Sentilles is a writer, teacher and author of many books, including “Draw Your Weapons,” which won the 2018 PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, Ms., Religion Dispatches, Oregon ArtsWatch and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She’s also had writing residencies at both Hedgebrook and Yaddo. Sentilles earned her bachelor’s degree at Yale and master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard, and currently lives in Hailey, Idaho.
“This class is intended to encourage careful looking and making meaning of what you see,” said Katelyn Foley, Director of Education and Humanities at SVMoA. “We are thrilled to use our visual arts exhibitions as inspiration for creative writing.”
This class is part of SVMoA’s BIG IDEA project Deeds Not Words: Women Working for Change. Coinciding with the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which gave some women the right to vote, Deeds Not Words celebrates the many ways—both seen and unseen—that women have worked for social change.