Ekphrastic Writing Workshop: Leah Diament's "I Have Words"

Join creative writing instructor Tessa Cheek for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts Collective's latest exhibition.
This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level, from beginner to pro. We'll discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing -- i.e. writing in response to a work of art. Through a series of guided viewing and writing exercises, we'll practice both art appreciation and art creation! Bring a notebook, writing utensil and a sense of wonder.

"I Have Words" Artist Statement:
This exhibition examines the foundations of our personalities and the aspects that have been added on. By delving in to the fabrics of people’s lives, the collage cyanotypes carry the depth each person holds.

Tessa Cheek is a writer devoted to building artistic community through creative writing workshops, readings and storytelling events. As co-director of the Open Bard Literary Series, she helps bring talented writers to give readings at The Sherbino and workshops through Weehawken Creative Arts. When she isn't hanging at 610 Arts Collective and spreading the word about upcoming programs, Tessa sits on the Ridgway Town Council and Planning Commission. She also copy edits for a small poetry press. Tessa holds an MFA from Hollins University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow, Graduate Assistant and Assistant Poetry Editor of the Hollins Critic. Prior to moving to Ridgway, Tessa reported from Colorado’s state Capitol. In 2017, Tessa’s novel-in-progress won the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel and her short story, “The Devil’s Terrible Nearness”, was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize. You can find more of her creative and journalistic work at tessacheek.com or follow her @tessacheek.
  • January 13th
  • 6:00-7:00 pm
  • 610 Arts Collecitce (610 Clinton St)
  • $10 tuition

610 Arts Collective

610 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

Montrose Field House

25 Colorado Avenue, Montrose CO 81401

Weehawken Ridgway

1075 Sherman Street, Ridgway CO 81432


It’s important to know that some classes may be held in other locations that may not be listed above. Locations will be specified accordingly in class descriptions.

Our staff is  located at 610 Arts Collective.

Mailing address

PO Box 734, Ridgway CO 81432
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