3/26/2021 Writers House

Into the Woods and the Underworld—and Back Again: A Sands Hall Writing Workshop with the Phillips Museum of Art

 Do you enjoy writing? Interested in how Francie Lyshak’s art may inform your work? Join Sands Hall for an online writing workshop that considers Lyshak’s work in relation to myth and fairy tale. Explore the journeys inherent in danger, descent, and return, and write about ways in which these ideas might apply to your own or your character’s lives.
Into the Woods and the Underworld—and Back Again: A Sands Hall Writing Workshop with the Phillips Museum of Art

Sands Hall is the author of the memoir, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. She is also the author of the novel, Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and a book on writing, Tools of the Writer’s Craft; her stories and essays have appeared in such journals as New England Review, Iowa Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She brings her extensive theatre experience—as playwright, actor, and director—as well as her work as a singer/songwriter and performer, to her teaching. Professor Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College, she teaches annually for the Community of Writers and for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, among others.  She lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California. www.sandshall.com

Evocative paintings by Francie Lyshak, a number of which were exhibited at the Phillips Museum on the Franklin & Marshall College campus, informed  this online workshop, which considered Lyshak’s work in relation to myth and fairy tale. 

  • Tightrope Walker, 1992. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948).
  • Flying, 1996. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948).
  • Waterfall, 1997. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948).
  • Companions, 1991. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948).
  • After the Wedding, 1995. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948).
  • A photo of artist Francie Lyshak sitting with art supplies in front of her at a table and a recent yellow and black abstract painting behind her.
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