Join us on the banks of the South Platte River for Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s second writers workshop in collaboration with Lighthouse Writers Workshop!

Nature in Ekphrasis with Courtney Morgan

Ekphrasis is a description or depiction of another work of art—capturing a painting in a poem, for example. In this workshop we’ll take this technique and apply it directly to the art surrounding us in nature. How do we write a passage that reads like a river? What about a stone? Using the landscape around us as a jumping off point, we’ll employ the environment as an influence on both the subject and the form of our writing (what we write about, and also how we write it). We’ll compose responses/reflections to the world around us—fiction, poetry, essays—moving across the landscape and writing a conversation with and through it.

Courtney E. Morgan received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has also taught creative writing workshops for five years. Her collection of stories, The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, was a semifinalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from FC2 Press in Spring 2017. Her writing has also been published in Pleiades, The Red Anthology, American Book Review, and others. She is a recipient of the Thompson Award for Western American Writing, and was longlisted for the Diana Woods Memorial Award at Lunch Ticket and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Fiction. Courtney is the founder and managing editor of The Thought Erotic, a journal on sexuality and gender. She currently lives in Denver with her son and is working on her next novel.

We are pleased to work with Lighthouse Writers Workshop in bringing Courtney Morgan to Buffalo Peaks Ranch!

Saturday, July 22nd, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee


Middle Fork of the South Platte River, Buffalo Peaks Ranch

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