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Individual Artist Workshop


Individual Artist Workshop


How to Talk About Yourself: A Grant & Proposal-Writing Workshop for Artists    


Monday, July 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.

Whether you’re writing your first grant, applying for fellowships, or crafting an artists’ statement, this 90-minute online class is designed to help individual artists with practical skill-building to learn how to communicate about yourself, your work, and your artistic vision in clear, strong language that speaks to funders.  We’ll talk about elevator pitches, overcoming imposter syndrome, how to brag about yourself effectively, common pitfalls artists face when applying for funding as individuals and how to avoid them.  Claire is a grantwriter with 12+ years’ experience in the performing arts, but she is also a working playwright who has successfully funded her own creative work, and she promises it’s not as intimidating as you think.

Open to individual artists and creatives in any field.  This workshop does not cover research into specific funding opportunities and is intended as general skill-building.  This is a single class consisting of a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A; questions about particular funders or how to research potential avenues for artist funding are welcome during this time.  Minimum class size: 4.  Maximum class size: 20.  Registration and payment due 7/1 for July class.

Register for Class!

Classes are conducted online via live webinar, with recordings of each made available if you need to miss a session for any reason.  They will be both visual- and audio-based; if this presents an accessibility challenge due to vision or hearing impairment, please contact me via email so that we can discuss ways to make this material accessible to you.  Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis; registration and payment are due in advance to secure your place.  Cancellation with a full refund up to one week before first class session; no refund available for cancellation with less than one week's notice.  General structure includes a 45-minute presentation with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end for the first two sessions, and a full 60-minute Q&A for the third session.  All topics and questions welcome.