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Strike a Prose: Persuasive Essays

Thursday May 16, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Using essays by pioneering leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, we will practice the fine art of essay writing, and develop essays that inform and persuade. The writing workshop will be held in connection with "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence and will include guided writing, reading and discussion.

Led by local writer Willona Sloan, these workshops are open to writers of all levels who are 18+. Materials are provided.

To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States. Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the “New Woman” of the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. This presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition is curated by Kate Clarke Lemay, historian and director of Portal, Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery.

Please plan to arrive at the 8th and G Street, NW entrance at 5:15pm so we may begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Strike a Prose Workshops in This Series:

Strike a Prose: Historical Fiction

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Strike a Prose: Persistent Women

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Strike a Prose: Persuasive Essays

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, May 17, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


To sign up for other workshops, please visit npg.eventbrite.com.


Image Credit: Zitkala-sa by Joseph T. Keiley, Photogravure, 1898 (printed 1901), National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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