Image Is Everything: Constructing Extraordinary Images in Prose
Many emerging writers have a too-narrow conception of the image, often limiting it to a visual detail. In a much more expansive definition, Heather Sellers, poet and teacher of creative writing, argues that the image is a three-dimensional mental picture that inspires thoughts and feeling. In fact, the best writers employ vivid (concrete), moving (dynamic), and convincing (persuasive) images in order to ground their readers in the fabric of their written world.
In this workshop, we will examine a range of successful images and then use exercises to practice their construction so that we can then create them in our own work. The exercises will reflect the following topics and strategies:
- “Lying” with the image
- Using the neglected senses to construct images
- Bridging scenes with the “sliding image”
- Arguing with images
- Layering images to create energy and tension
Brad Gambill was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and received an English degree from the University of Oklahoma.
He received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he worked with two Pulitzer Prize winners, Marilynne Robinson and James Alan McPherson.
At Oklahoma State, he received his PhD in in fiction writing and Native American literature and completed Baby’s Blues
, a coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s. At Waynesburg College (PA) and John Brown University, Gambill has taught creative writing courses in fiction, poetry, and playwriting and helped create and run writing/art festivals for high school and college students.
His full-length, Oklahoma-based play, The 5 & Dime Girls
, received a staged reading at JBU, and he is currently writing a novel titled No Joy for Matisse