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How Many Words is a Picture Really Worth? Writing From Photographs

10/19/2014 - 11:00am

Central Library - The Bubbler

In partnership with the UW Arts Institute and FlakPhoto, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents a workshop with author Brad Zellar.


Photographs are spectacular crutches for writers, and excellent tools for summoning (or inventing) memories, exploring points of views, and collecting descriptive details. We'll talk about different approaches and strategies for poetry, documentary non-fiction, fiction, and memoir. Working from a collection of photos -- and participants are encouraged to bring one or two of their own -- we'll do a few quick exercises and work together to create a communal picture book composed of words and photographs.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE for this class. Registration will be capped at 20 people.  Each person should bring three photographs --snapshots (personal or found photos, but preferable smallish and things that can be passed around)-- to work with. 

Brad Zellar

About Presenter Brad Zellar


Brad Zellar has worked as a writer and editor for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as for both regional and national magazines. A former senior editor at City PagesThe Rake, and Utne Reader, Zellar is also the author of Suburban World: The Norling PhotosConductors of the Moving World, and House of Coates. For the last two years he has been collaborating with the photographer Alec Soth on The LBM Dispatch, an irregularly published newspaper that chronicles American community life in the 21st century.


House of Coates

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