Visual Inspiration: Writing with Art | Newberry

Visual Inspiration: Writing with Art

Led by Anca Szilágyi.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Four sessions. Saturdays, September 25-October 16.

1pm-3pm (Central)


For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

This class uses visual art as a springboard for new prose writing. We’ll mine a range of media available through Google Arts & Culture and online offerings at a variety of museums and galleries to unearth new prose projects or add depth and breadth to works in progress. To help with the creative percolation, we’ll read short published works that have been inspired by visual art. Exercises, readings, and discussions will cover process, character, story, and landscape (internal and external). Students will lightly workshop one short story or essay, gaining feedback from classmates and the instructor.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Anca L. Szilágyi is the award-winning author of the novel Daughters of the Air. Her writing has appeared in Gastronomica, Orion, and Lilith, among others. A teacher of creative writing since 2010, her second novel is forthcoming in 2022.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.