Artifact as Muse: Using the Things We Share to Bring Nonfiction and Poetry to Life

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How can we as writers interact with the past in a tangible way? In this session we will examine how ten writers in both poetry and non-fiction asked questions of artifact to bring the past into relevant relationship with the present. Come prepared to write: we will practice posing questions to an artifact (bring one, or a picture of one if you like) to see how it can inspire our own writing.

About Ann Quinn

Ann Quinn’s poetry was selected by Stanley Plumly as first place winner in the 2015 Bethesda Literary Arts Festival poetry contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work is published in Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, and other journals and is included in the anthology Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Ann lives in Maryland with her family where she teaches reflective and creative writing and music and plays clarinet with the Columbia Orchestra. Her chapbook, “Final Deployment,” is published by Finishing Line Press. More about her at:

Teaching Style: Ann brings the skill of close observation that enlivens her poetry to her work as a teacher, holding up a helpful mirror to each student’s unique gifts. In the words of a long-time student, “Ann leads her writers with the lightest touch. They do the work, but it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like love.”


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