Next registration opens April 3rd /// Classes begin May 1st
Your Spirit in Words + Imagery


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Your Spirit in Words + Imagery


Next class starts May 1
Registration opens April 3
Teacher Amy Messenger

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – poet Mary Oliver

Words are all around us. We speak them, we email them, we text them, but somehow we struggle to find words that express and reflect who we really are in our creative work.

Whether you’re posting photos on your professional or personal blog, sharing images on social media, creating a new website, or communicating in any vein through imagery, you have a unique opportunity: the words you use to accompany your photos are not just filler or a means to an end, but rather a thread that can connect deeply to your imagery and speak from a place inside your spirit that invites your readers and clients to a more meaningful engagement with your work.

Ask yourself this: “What is at the heart of what I want to say? How can I give voice to my spirit in a way that evokes beauty and meaning, with words that feel and sound like me?”

This course is about the quest to answer these questions and clear the muddy waters you feel when you sit down to write. Songwriter and photographer Amy Messenger will guide you to dig deeper into your artistic spirit to unearth the words you want to say but often struggle to find.

You will embark on discovering your writing voice with readings from writers like Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Annie Dillard, prompts for creating and tying together the visual and written, insights and assignments that give you the tools to connect your spirit to the page and to your photos.

Registration opens April 3rd at 12 PM EST


WEEK ONE: Being a detective and looking for the thread / Words as a deep sea dive

WEEK TWO: Getting to the heart of meaning and connection / Words as a lamp

WEEK THREE: Finding what you really want to say / Words as a buoy

WEEK FOUR: Pursuing the work you most desire with words and imagery / Words as a long highway

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Amy will share Lesson 1 in the forum and e-mail it to every student. She will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

This class is for any creative who desires to grow their writing skills in their professional or personal life. You will be creating imagery and words together as an art form, which can be applied to your website, blog, or social media posts. A love for words, reading, and language is a plus!

Material(s) Needed

A camera (DSLR or iPhone, whichever you’re inspired to use), a small notebook like a Moleskine and favorite pen/pencil, and a computer.


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