[PAST EVENT] Writing with Visual Artists - Kate Reed Petty ‘06

February 15, 2018
Swem Library, Reeder Media Center
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

If you want to write a children’s book, you’ll most likely need illustrations. A good artist can interpret any story, but a good writer—for any audience—can create stories that spring easily into pictures.

From children’s books to graphic novels to The New York Times “Snowfall,” it’s an exciting era for writers. Writing for visual media can inspire new artistic directions, can help you reach new audiences, and can get you published. But writing for visual mediums requires writers to think in new and rigorous ways about how their words will be translated and represented.

That’s what we’ll be focusing on in this workshop. We’ll cover the basic ground rules of writing visually. We’ll play with prompts and tools to test whether our writing is truly “visual” (which can benefit any writer in any medium). Through hands-on exercises, participants will get to stretch new writing muscles and hone their skills through group and individual feedback.

No experience is required—we’ll be working on new ideas, and we’ll have plenty of prompts for newbies. But the workshop will be interesting and useful for those with existing screenwriting, fiction writing, personal essay, comics, or another kind of storytelling. All participants will leave inspired with new ideas.


Kate Reed Petty ’06 is the author of the children’s graphic noel, “Chasma Knights,” forthcoming May 2018 from First Second Books (Macmillan). A 2006 graduate of the College of William and Mary, she earned a Master’s degree in fiction writing at the University of St. Andrews, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Petty’s fiction and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Blackbird, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ambit, and Nat. Brut, and her work has been recognized with a Narrative Magazine “30 Below” award and a 2017 Rubys Artist Grant. In 2018, she will be an Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence and a resident at the Bloedel Reserve.