Hone skills essential to connect with galleries, curators, critics, and viewers.
Aug 1, 2020 - Aug 9, 2020
Workshop Fee: $325
Class Size: 8
Note: This Class will be held online using the Zoom platform.
We will meet for 2 consecutive Weekends. August 1-2 and August 8-9.
Producing a strong photographic body of work is a tremendous accomplishment, but without strong writing and editing skills, photographers may face difficulty connecting with galleries, curators, critics, or even their own website visitors. In this fun and informative workshop, students will use creative writing techniques to enhance their professional practice and explore their photographic vision. Not your typical “how to” writing workshop, this class will focus on the development of written statements as unique as the images they will accompany.
Each student will hone their writing and editing skills to complete an artist statement, project statement(s), and a narrative biography. These writings will be the culmination of creative writing prompts, in-class critiques, and one-on-one editing. We will discuss the many ways that writing can enhance your photographic career, both practically and creatively. Discussion topics include the role of criticism, turning words into pictures, identifying your audience, and the importance of captions and titles. All writing will be short form. No previous writing experience is necessary. Students are encouraged to bring samples of their photography portfolios.
We will start with an online meeting from 10:00am to 1:00pm where we will get to know each other a little, discuss the purpose of writing about your art, and do in-class writing exercises. The afternoon will be spent writing, with review of student writing and class discussion the following morning from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The instructor will be available for one-on-one meetings in the afternoon. In between weekend sessions, students will have several small assignments to keep them engaged with the writing process without overwhelming their otherwise busy lives. The second weekend will also have two morning zoom sessions from 10:00am to 1:00pm where we will fine-tune student writing.`
Instructor: Kat Kiernan
Kat Kiernan is a writer, curator, and photographer. In 2013, she founded Don’t Take Pictures, a journal for contemporary photography. Her writings have been published in many magazines and blogs, as well as in books, most recently The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. In 2015 she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States and in 2012 Photoboite Agency named her one of 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch.