Downtown Bend: Writers Working - Onramps & Greased Pigs: The Art of Titling

Dr. Emily Carr Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 5/28/2019
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 Learn new strategies for maximizing the chemistry between text and title with Dr. Emily Carr.

*Sign language interpreting will be provided at this program.

Paul Cézanne said that titles are “escape valves.” Marcel du Champ called titles “invisible colors.” Walter Benjamin thinks of titles as “a point of light in the universe of magic encyclopedias.” More recently, John Ashbery referred to titles as keyholes and Matthea Harvey said that “titles are the first thing. They are the bugle at the beginning of the ball.”

In this workshop, you will learn new strategies for maximizing the chemistry between text and title. Using Matthea Harvey’s titling taxonomy as our guide, we will explore titles that act as onramps, spotlights, license plates, greased pigs, and helium balloons, as well as titles that don’t wear ties. It is often easier to see potential power of title in visual arts because the relation of the title to the artwork is emphasized by their being in different mediums, so we will start with paintings and sculptures that exemplify these types of titles, then move into short pieces by contemporary authors, and end with applying our new knowledge of titling to our own work.

This workshop is open to writers at all levels and of all genres.

Please bring 1-2 short pieces that need titles.

Library: Downtown Bend Public Library    Find the Downtown Bend Public Library
Location: Brooks Room
Contact: Liz Goodrich
Contact Number: 541-312-1032
Presenter: Dr. Emily Carr
Link: Write Here!