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The Painted Word

Part One of a Six Session Short Course

Short course

● Fully booked

Tuesday 14 April 2015
10.30am — 3.30pm

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Richard Diebenkorn

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Sue Hubbard

In this six-week course, award-winning poet, novelist and art critic Sue Hubbard leads a series of creative writing workshops for both beginner and established writers, based on the RA’s ‘Richard Diebenkorn’ exhibition.

Tuesdays 14 April, 21 April, 28 April, 5 May, 12 May and 19 May.

10.30am - 3.30pm each day.

Looking at paintings is an invigorating way of conjuring forgotten memories and associations. In this course, participants engage with Diebenkorn’s lyrical abstraction and figurative works with a fresh eye, in order to generate a body of new writing in a vibrant, supportive yet critical arena.

The course will begin with an informal greeting and introductions to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Sue Hubbard will present a range of writing exercises based on visual awareness and close observation, inspired by the RA’s Richard Diebenkorn exhibition. Personal memories and ideas will be evoked by such aspects as landscape and a sense of place, colour, the window space and the figure. Each person will spend equal time writing in class, reading and sharing what he or she has written. The classes will be supported by a variety of literary texts and a visit from artist and Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue.

As a class we will explore different forms of writing – poems, short stories, even a possible novel – that could emerge from the exercises. Participants will be guided in a process of continuous writing, discussion, editing and sharing to improve confidence and build up a body of work. The course is open to all, both experienced and new writers, as well as those who just wish to enjoy a more intense way of looking at art.

Award-winning poet, novelist and art critic Sue Hubbard has written for leading newspapers such as The Independent and The New Statesman, as well as for RA magazine, Apollo and Tate etc. Her selected art writings, ‘Adventures in Art’, were published in 2010. She has also published two novels, a collection of short stories and three books of poetry. Her poetic installation at Waterloo station is London’s largest public art poem. Twice winner of the London Writers’ competition, she was the Poetry Society’s first-ever Public Art Poet and twice a Hawthornden Fellow. You can find out more about Sue on her website.

Tea, coffee and lunches will be provided.

Includes admission to the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition.

This is part of a series and cannot be booked individually.

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Tuesday 14 April 2015

10.30am — 3.30pm

Slaughter Room, Royal Academy, Burlington House