Photo Credit: Joe Hartz
Lisa Beech Hartz
4620 Kemp Drive
Portsmouth, Virginia 23703
- M.A. in English Writing from Hollins College
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami
- Co-founder and Director, Muse Writers Center: Guided workshops in Memoir, Fiction & Poetry
- Founder and Executive Director, Seven Cities Writers Project: Guides workshops in Memoir & Poetry, Norfolk City Jail. Memoir workshop of the LGBTQ Experience, LGBT Life Center, Norfolk. Resistance & Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era, Colored Community Library Museum, Portsmouth.
Lisa Beech Hartz directs Seven Cities Writers Project, a non-profit 501C3 corporation that brings cost-free creative writing workshops to underserved communities. She currently guides workshops for men and women in the Norfolk City Jail, and a memoir workshop of the LGBTQ experience at the LGBT Life Center, also in Norfolk. She has also lead Resistance & Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era. A poet who specializes in response to visual art, her ekphrastic collection, The Goldfish Window, was published by Grayson Books in 2018. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. Co-founder and former co-director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Lisa has been teaching community writing workshops for almost 15 years. Sharing her love of creative expression with those who have been historically excluded is her passion. She often uses visual art in her workshops to unlock that expression, and to invite the writer to engage with the image in an unintimidating, supportive environment. Lisa holds two master’s degrees, an M.A. in English Writing from Hollins College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She lives in Portsmouth with her family.
Fees(Based on travel and length of engagement)
I am highly flexible when it comes to fees. My hope is to be invited to art museums and cultural centers looking to expand their attendance through interesting and inviting programming. I would especially like to reach out to people of color, who have traditionally been excluded from such venues.
My program is suitable for all participants of writing age – age 6 & up.
With enough notice, I can make myself available year-round. My program is a one-time, 3 to 4-hour experience. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to share it, though I would request travel reimbursement.
Educational Program Description:
Talk Back to Art: A Creative Writing Workshop
3 to 4 hours
Participants will create an edited and polished piece of writing inspired by and responding to thoughtful interaction with a visual image, artistic or historical. Images may be presented via PowerPoint, or within the gallery or exhibit on display. Participants are guided through a step-by-step process of looking, writing, sharing, and revising. No previous writing experience necessary. A reading of generated work closes out the program. Designed for both art museums and cultural/historical institutions. Versatile -- engaging for ages 6 to adult.