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A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR MOVERS AND MAKERS

The idea behind this workshop is to help artists to put words on their ideas, particularly targeting application writing (for funding, festivals, residencies etc).

The current way most work is handed out to makers and movers (in Vienna but also internationally) is through a written selection process, whether it is in the form of a CV, an artist statement or a project description. Therefore, enhancing one's writing skills should be a priority for freelance artists. In this workshop, I share key advice and methods which I gathered in my own experience as a maker/writer/freelancer. I also encourage other artists to make writing an integral part of their creative process, as opposed to something one must get over in order to finally get to the studio/stage. Moreover, the writing process can be lonely and discouraging at times, therefore practicing and learning about it in a supportive group atmosphere is definitely more pleasurable!

The workshop is divided in three concrete sections:

  • tips and tricks: In the beginning, I share key advice and methods on how to write, how to know what is expected, what should be part of an application depending on the context and more! Depending on the theme of the workshop this can be rather general or specifically targeted to the student's needs. (examples of themes I tackled before are "how to write about something that doesn't exist yet?" or "What do they want from me? How to know what content should be included in one's application" etc.)

  • Exercises: we spend time to actually write and share. I prepare exercises which encourage a starting point to the writing/thinking process. Often the hardest part of writing applications is to get started, so these exercises are designed to plant a seed and get things moving. We also take time to share our outcomes with the group and to give one another feedback.

  • Feedback/working on individual projects: at the end of the workshop, I'm available to students for direct feedback on their writing work. (I usually encourage them to bring whatever concept/project they may be working on at the moment to the workshop). This is also a time to share with the others if appropriate or to just write while the momentum is going!

FORMATS

- The workshop usually lasts 3 hours, but I can adapt to a shorter or longer format, as well as divide the material into several sessions over a longer period of time. 

- I have been organizing the "Writing Brunch" in collaboration with TTP, in WUK Wien since 2015. The Brunch is meant for artists who wish to improve their writing skills, as well as receive feedback and support on their current projects in a convivial atmosphere. Each Brunch treats a different topic such as biographies, artist statement, project description, CV and more! To find out when the next Writing Brunch will happen, check the NEWS page. This is a free event but the spaces are very limited (only 8 students per session). Book in advance!

Testimonials

"The three hours I spent in Claire's workshop, probably taught me more than the few writing classes I had throughout my 4 years in dance school. Her material, information and feed is very well structured, efficient and easy to grasp. What she offers is valid and important to any freelance artist who is trying to find his or her way through the vast funding/residency/festival application jungle." 

- Britt Kamper

"No matter how hard it might be to accept it , the fact is, that ability to write applications is nowdays for a dancer as important as the ability to move. Most of us have to carry on, not expecting any support within arm´s reach. We are facing the fact, that if we don´t strive to produce art on our own, we won´t become part of it. This requires knowledge in the field of communication of our artistic experience to the various art institutions, festival programers or residency managers. In this sense I highly appreciate the initiative of Claire L. to support artists on their way to the independency and responsibility for their own carriers as freelance artists"  

- Petr Ovchat