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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

800 G Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

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The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers” exhibition combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art.

Using guided writing prompts, we will develop stories and poems inspired by the portraits and images from the exhibition. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry prompts will be offered.

Open to writers of all levels ages 18 and up.

Because the workshop begins before the museum opens to the public, please plan to arrive at the 8th and G Street, NW entrance at 10:20am so we may begin promptly at 10:30am.


Strike a Prose Workshops in This Series:

January 5 and 6: Fiction Inspired by "The Sweat of Their Face"

January 20 and 21: Strike a Prose: American Workers in the Twentieth Century (Fiction & Nonfiction)

January 26 and 27: Stories on Their Faces

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


Image Credit: Destitute Pea Pickers in California. Mother of Seven Children. Age 32. ("Migrant Mother") by Dorothea Lange Gelatin silver print 1936 Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; gift of the photographer

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