Public Programs & Outreach

Winter Wisdom: A Reflective Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface

Sunday, December 20, 2020 | 4:00pm

Discover the power of contemplative looking and reflective writing in this 90-minute online workshop.  Inspired by winter scene works of art and two winter poems by Mary Oliver, you will explore the lessons that this season offers us when we slow down, look closely and reflect. Designed for everyone (not just “writers,”),  the workshop invites you to look outwardly at paintings and poetry to look inwardly through reflective writing for personal and spiritual growth.

Advance registration is required. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials or instructions will be sent to you 24—48 hours prior to the start of the program. Registration closes at noon on December 20. 


Mary Hall Surface is a playwright, director and teaching artist who presents writing workshops through the Smithsonian Associates, the National Gallery of Art and museums nationwide. She is the founding instructor of the NGA’s popular Writing Salon, as featured in The Washington Post. A nine-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, including four for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, she received the 2002 Outstanding Director of a Musical for her Perseus Bayou. Her plays have been produced across the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Canada, including eighteen Kennedy Center productions. She leads workshops for educators as a National Teaching Artist for the Kennedy Center and was a six-summer faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom. She is the proud founding artistic director of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, where she curated over 600 all-arts performances and events from 2009–2015.

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    • December 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm