SCUGOG: Do you love to write? Would you like to enter your writing in a contest with cash prizes? Our annual Literary Contest is now open! The contest offers youth (12-20) the opportunity to write short stories and poetry inspired by four fabulous works of art from our Annual Juried Art Show. This kind of writing – inspired by a work of art – is called “Ekphrastic Writing”. Ekphrasis is a Greek word that translates to “description”, but ekphrastic writing goes far beyond a simple description of the piece of art. Join Sue Reymolds for a series of four workshops, for youth from 12-20 years old, where you can learn techniques of “ekphrastic writing” – writing inspired by art. Participants will be encouraged to create and share new pieces. Time will also be set aside to write a good first draft of a piece inspired by our Contest Prompt Pieces. Instructor, Sue Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist whose specialty is writing for therapeutic benefit. She has been an accredited AWA writing workshop facilitator since 2002 and teaches in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and creative non-fiction. Come to these workshops to learn and practice creative writing skills for your entry into the 2020 Scugog Literary Prize for Youth, as well as developing skills that will help you write winning entries for the rest of your writing life. Four consecutive Wednesdays, January 15th, 22nd, 20th & February 5th, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost for the Inspired by Art for Youth, is $75 for four sessions. To register go online to www.scugogarts.ca. Scugog Arts is located at 181 Perry Street, Unit G-1, in Port Perry.