Every Word Counts

Every Word Counts
A critical writing workshop on writing about media arts
Instructor: Diana Sherlock

3-day workshop schedule:
October 20, 2012 @ 10AM – 4PM
October 22, 2012 @ 6:30 – 9:30PM
November 13, 2012 @ 6:30 – 9:30PM

Workshop is free to attend but will have limited space so it is first come, first serve.
To register for the workshop, please contact us at programming@emmedia.ca or 403.263.2833.

Every Word Counts will introduce participants to writing about the media arts for publication. Participants should have some experience with media arts or other time-based art forms and be familiar with the contexts in which they are circulated. The purpose of the workshop is to hone your critical thinking and writing skills for use in the contemporary art context. The workshop will introduce you to various approaches to art criticism, and use collaborative writing exercises to get you started and keep you going. Participants must be willing to engage with their peers over the course of the workshop to practice methods of critical writing, reading and critique. Writers will also learn about publishing opportunities, writer/editor relations, ethical writing practices and the financial realities of writing for the arts. This workshop will encourage participants to develop and complete a text that relates to EMMEDIA’s programming theme Resonance. There will be two intensive sessions over three days followed by a critique with the instructor and a visiting arts writer a few weeks later. The resulting texts about media arts will be considered for EMMEDIA’s upcoming anthology Resonance, which will be edited by Diana Sherlock and launched in 2013. The workshop is free, but full attendance is required. Those writers whose texts are selected for the anthology must be committed to completing the editorial process.

About the Instructor:

Diana Sherlock is a Calgary-based arts writer, independent curator and educator. Since 1995 she has published numerous texts in gallery catalogues and contemporary art journals including Canadian Art, FUSE, Blackflash, Ceramics Art and Perception, BorderCrossings and Calgary’s daily newspaper, The Calgary Herald. In 2011/2012 Sherlock was the Curator-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary where she teaches critical theory and professional practice in the Liberal Studies Department.

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