Writing event to be held at Rehoboth Art League April 27

April 20, 2017

The Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will hold an art-inspired free write from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the Corkran Gallery of the Rehoboth Art League. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in giving the free write process a try.

Artist Jean Doran will show a painting from her current exhibit, Eclectic Views From My Life. The writers - on their laptops, in notebooks, on pads of legal paper - will respond to the specific painting in words. Some might describe it; some might use it to spur a memory; some might use the painting as the background for the start of a short story or inspiration for a poem. Anything goes. The goal is to let the artwork trigger writing that the writer herself might not have planned.

After about five minutes, the writers will take turns reading out loud - if they choose - whatever they have written. Often this is the fun part. Writer and facilitator Phil Fretz says, "What's wonderful about this is that a single image conjures so many different writings from the participants. Often the artist is amazed at the breadth of subjects that arise. It's rewarding for both the writers and the artists." Once the writers have finished reading what they wrote, the artist will show another work, and the process begins anew.

Although there is no perfect artist for this event, as any work of art can act as the prompt, Doran's paintings are likely to give the writers plenty of material with which to work. Doran says, "I am often asked where in the world I come up with the subjects I paint because they are all so different, and my answer is always the same - 'I am easily bored by sticking with one idea, and am always looking for something new.'"

Although the event is free and anyone is welcome to attend, those who plan to attend should RSVP to to allow the facilitator to prepare. For more information about the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, a nonprofit 501c3 association dedicated to supporting, nurturing and educating writers of all skill levels throughout Delmarva, go to