Write Your Artist Statement Boot Camp, with Lyzette Wanzer, Oct. 27th – Nov. 10th (via Wet Ink / Zoom)

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 27 — NOV. 10  | Artist statements are not just for visual artists and performers; in the 21st century, writers need them, too. You will use some incarnation of this statement on your own web page and media account, in personal and project statements for residency applications, and in letters of intent for grant and fellowship applications. Your statement needs to demonstrate that you are a thoughtful, deliberate writer who takes her literary career seriously. Bear in mind that this statement speaks for you on grant, fellowship, grad school, conference, and residency applications. Learn how to cast your work in its strongest, most evocative light. In this three-day Boot Camp, you will read several statement examples, learn how they are used, and then craft, workshop, and revise several drafts of your own statement.

Students will complete a series of writing exercises to generate ideas about how to talk about their work. Then they will write, workshop, and revise several drafts until they have a polished statement ready for use. They will receive two in-depth instructor critiques in addition to workshopping their statements.

Students should be comfortable sharing work-in-progress with their workshop peers.

Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for details.

Lyzette Wanzer’s work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and Civil Liberties United: Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area (Pease Press). A four-time San Francisco Arts Commission and Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient, Lyzette serves as Judge for the Soul-making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category and the Women’s National Book Association’s Effie Lee Morris Nonfiction contest. Her book, TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative, is due out in 2022 by Chicago Review Press. A virtual conference of the same name will have its inaugural convening in August 2021, with support from California Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities partner.

Contact: AuthorLyzetteWanzer@LyzetteWanzerMFA.com

Number of sessions: 3

Dates: Wednesdays, October 27; November 3, 10

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Time

Wet Ink modules available: Saturday, October 23, 10:00am Pacific Time

Course fee: $270

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