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Writing the Archive

Writing the Archive

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to various methods of writing creatively using archival materials as inspiration. While we often think of archives as places where research—in that most academic sense—occurs, archival documents can also be source material for creative inspiration. Although some writers may be familiar with techniques like erasure, workshop participants will explore other forms of “textual manipulation,” “archival ekphrasis,” methods inspired by Indigenous ledger art, and methods for combining archival research with field work to inspire writing. Because so much archival material is now digitized, the venue of the online workshop is an ideal space for participants to explore archival materials of their own choosing. This workshop is probably best suited to adult writers of either poetry or short prose (flash fiction/non-fiction), though any skill-level would be welcome. Workshop activities will include finding archival material, practicing with materials that I present, and creating their own work from their own found texts.

Event Contact

Annie Marhefka

Event Details

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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