Writing the Visual:
Photography as Inspiration with Michael Backus

A program for PhotoSummer 2015

516 ARTS welcomes writer Michael Backus to teach a four-week summer writing workshop in the gallery. It will cover some of the basic conventions of creative wirting, with a focus on the idea of using photographs as a way to inspire writing (both fiction and creative non-fiction). The workshop will explore various approaches via in-class and take home exercises, including creating a story from a photograph in the exhibition Fraction of a Second at 516 ARTS, from a photo the student takes, and from old photos that have personal meaning. The goal will be to create a functional short piece by the end of the class. There will be a voluntary reading of work at 516 ARTS to be scheduled after the class is over.

4 Sessions: Saturdays, July 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 9am-noon

Location: 516 ARTS
 $100, space is limited, pre-registration required
Register: 505-242-1445, teresa@516arts.org

About Michael Backus: Michael Backus has had a number of pieces, fiction and non-fiction, published in recent years, including Hoosier Hysteria in Prime Number magazine, My Bad in One Story, Santa Fe Cab in Exquisite Corpse, along with work in Hanging Loose, The High Hat, The Writer, The Portland Review, The Sycamore Review and Storyhead magazine. Xynobooks published his nobel Double in early 2012 and he is currently shopping a book-length memoir about New York City in the early 1980s working in the meatpacking district tossing meat. He has taught over 70 creative writing classes in the past eight years at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Gotham Writer's Workshop, and Zoetrope magazine. He has also taught film production and film history classes at Columbia College in Chicago, and composition, literature and film theory classes at Marymount.

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PhotoSummer is a new collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. PhotoSummer 2015 features exhibitions and public programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, focusing on contemporary photography that spans regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars. 



Image: Kurt Simonson, Mikey's Truck, 2007, archival pigment print