Are you a maker who doesn’t feel confident writing statements and proposals? Do you feel your writing doesn’t do justice to your work? Or maybe you want to be able to write with depth and critical appraisal about others’ work? 

Are you already a writer who is interested in writing about craft, art and design, and learning how to blend the creative and the critical? Are you keen to learn some tips about the craft of writing? In other words, do you wish that your writing was a bit more crafty?

This 3-hour master-class workshop is aimed at craft practitioners and writers who want to develop and extend their writing skills. It will cover techniques that can be used for artist statements, catalogue essays, critical reviews, and more creative, poetic responses. 

The workshop will draw on the innovative work of the Craft ACT Members Exhibition, Place Makers, as inspiration for the writing process. Through close observation of the works and a variety of writing exercises, participants will learn techniques to ascertain what questions to ask of the work, how to animate the work for the reader, how to choose metaphors that enliven the writing, where to draw philosophical and conceptual references from, and how to craft the written piece using academic as well as creative approaches. 

At $75 a head for three hours, this workshop is excellent value. There are limited numbers, so book now.

Suitable for general audiences, through to specialist and advanced participants. It would also be of relevance to academic and creative writers who are interested in what the crafts can teach us about writing. 

Dr Sarah Rice is an award winning poet, highly regarded art theorist and critical writer, and a practicing visual artist. Her writing workshops are legendary in Canberra, and are often held in galleries, using the works as reference points. Her latest catalogue essay is for the Foreign Looking: Mike Parr exhibition, NGA and her poetry volume Fingertip of the Tongue has recently been published with UWAP. For more information about Sarah, see https://redroomcompany.org/poet/sarah-rice/
Image: Lia Tajcnar, Tumble II, 2018. Ceramic, resin, epoxy, wax. Photo: Brenton McGeachie.