Sense, Sensibility & Surrealism: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop

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Sense, Sensibility & Surrealism: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop  with Camille LeFevre

Two Tuesdays: November 7 & 14, 2023  |  1:00 – 3:00 pm

Public reading | November 17 | Friday | 4:00 pm

  • Experience: All levels are welcome!
  • Materials: Participants bring a notebook and pen or laptop computer or tablet.
  • Registration: Each participant must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, in the Art Barn

Ekphrasis, from the Greek ek = out and phrazein = tell, is broadly defined as writing about or inspired by works of art. But since John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” the practice of ekphrasis has evolved—taking a significant turn with 20th-century surrealism, an art movement that originated as a poetic movement.

In this two-part ekphrastic writing workshop, created for Sedona Art Center’s exhibition “Contemporary Surrealism,” the artwork is our prompt for lively, sensory adventures into the realm of ekphrastic writing. What better introduction to ekphrasis than surrealism? Artwork sure to pique our senses, stimulate our intellects, and arouse our spirits. Read and discuss a range of ekphrastic poems, and write and revise your own as we bring our own psyches and experiences to bear on a surrealist poetics of word and image. Then, let’s share!

Students have the option to read poems or prose written in the workshop during a public reading on Friday, November 17 at 4:00 pm in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibitions Gallery.  


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Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre, B.A., M.A., based in Northern Arizona, has written for online and print publications from Hyperallergic to Dance Magazine, Architectural Record to Audubon, American Craft to Southwest Contemporary. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Bridge Eight, Thin Air Magazine, Herstry, The Ekphrastic Review, and other publications. Her art catalog and book essays include “A Bestiary of Inquiry” for Artistry, “Once Upon a Time…” for Rebecca Krinke’s Bedtime Stories: Sculptures Reimagined, “Lineage: Ranee Ramaswamy” for Women in Dance Vol. 1, and “To Catch the Fact: Vesna Kittleson’s Self Portraits” for Synthesis: Art by Vesna Kittleson. She’s also written an ekphrastic essay on Moira Bateman’s fabric sculptures.

She’s taught senior seminars in arts journalism at the University of Minnesota and taught in the graduate school of Liberal Studies, and currently teaches arts writing at the American Institute of Indian Arts. She’s the 2023 recipient of the Scuglik Memorial Residency in ekphrastic writing with Write On, Door County in Wisconsin. She teaches ekphrastic writing in galleries and museums, including NewStudio Gallery in St. Paul where she’s gallery director. She’s working on a memoir about life in Arizona’s red-rock country and a book of ekphrastic poems.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Office at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during Sedona Arts Center office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $20 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before October 7, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after October 7, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.