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Written & Illustrated

photos are silent, give them a voice

with Amy Grace

Amy offers alumni seats to those who have previously taken Written and Illustrated as a silent or active student. They are $150 dollars. Please contact Amy directly if you would like to purchase an alumni seat. 

Class Overview:

Every single photo has a story that bleeds beyond the frame. These stories connect us, inspire us, tell the truth of the world and our lives. Photos are powerful and universal, but they have limits. This class gives you the chance to tell about what happens at the edge of the frame, what came before, and what comes after. It encourages you to use language and emotion to give your photos a soundtrack and a heartbeat.

I believe that all art comes from the same place, and that YOU are that place. In Written and Illustrated, we examine our lives with purpose, to find our “why” and lead us to ways to make our eyes new and our hearts and minds committed and engaged. The result is a body of work you feel rooted in, that represents who you are and how you see.

All writing is memoir, some wrapped in imagination.

In every photograph you will find the photographer.

My goal for you is to see yourself in your pictures,

and to understand why you are there.

This class is open to photographers and writers of all levels of experience and ability, and focuses more on process than mechanics. I teach according to my belief that every voice has something unique and powerful to offer the world, that personal work strengthens professional work, and that everything of value begins when we pay attention. Whether you are a mother documenting her child’s growing years, owner of a portrait or commercial business, someone who misses the writing you loved in college, or an artist who wants to go deeper or bigger with the scope of your work, Written and Illustrated will help guide you.