Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures magazine. Her writings on photography have been published in books as well as in numerous blogs and magazines. In 2015 she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design, and has exhibited her photographs throughout the United States.
Producing a strong photographic body of work is a tremendous accomplishment, but without good 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 a printed portfolio with them.
Sample Writing Assignments:
- 250 words on a single image from your portfolio
- Write about a found, anonymous photograph
- Write about a peer’s photograph
- Write about a photograph you have yet to make. Using that description, create that photograph
- Artist statement vs. project statement
- Do photographs speak for themselves?