[VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Dappling Your Own Lighting Design: On Archive Erasure, Autofiction, and Artist Statements
benedict nguyễn
[VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Dappling Your Own Lighting Design: On Archive Erasure, Autofiction, and Artist Statements

Mondays, April 17 and 24 | 6 PM ET – 8 PM ET
Online | 2 Sessions | Sliding Scale $100- $200

**This workshop is exclusively for BIPOC (Black and Indigenous, and People of Color) writers. If you are not BIPOC, we ask that you do not register.**

**LIMITED SCHOLARSHIP SEATS ARE AVAILABLE! APPLY HERE! Scholarship recipients will be chosen by lottery on April 14.**

In a rainforest, plants with fenestrated leaves conserve energy and allow for light to pass through to layers below. As artists, understanding principles for lighting ourselves is more than a codified set of universal tactics. Designing the best angles to approach a narrative and the stories we tell about ourselves strengthens our autonomy at every stage of creative process.

This two-part open genre workshop draws from performance strategies to consider how to tell narratives of the self. In the first session, writers will practice techniques for drawing from personal experiences that feel fruitful but not exhibitionist. The power of erasure and slant! In the second session, writers will build on methods of archive and autofiction to develop language for more girlbossy applications: the artist statement and the project description. 

Together, these sessions consider how thinking about creative writing and professional writing in tandem can be generative and even fun! Illuminating where the personal seeps into writing as well as the meta/self-reflexive writing about the writing can sharpen a vision for work that is both more particular and more compelling. 

Writers will generate new frames of inquiry for considering the scope of current projects as well as draft language for new artist and/or project statements.

Tuition for this workshop is sliding scale $100- $200. If payment does not meet the sliding scale, you will be refunded and asked to re-register.

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day of the workshop.

Automated captions are provided. ASL interpretation is available if requested at least a week in advance. For questions and access needs, please contact tle@aaww.org.

benedict nguyễn is a #freelanceflailing dancer, writer, and creative producer based on unceded Lenapehoking and Wappinger lands (South Bronx, New York). Her criticism has appeared in Into, Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, Vanity Fair, and AAWW’s The Margins, among other outlets. Recent projects include ”#bennyboosbookclub, their curatorial platform “soft bodies in hard places,” the newsletter “first quarter moon slush, and her email erasure zine nasty notes (2022). As an arts non-profit professional, she’s successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for artists via institutional giving. As a freelance gatekeeper, she’s also evaluated thousands of applications for fellowships and residencies. A 2023 Periplus Fellow, Benedict is infrequently online @xbennyboo and otherwise, at work on a few novels. benedict-nguyen.com

[VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Dappling Your Own Lighting Design: On Archive Erasure, Autofiction, and Artist Statements

benedict nguyễn
Monday, April 17, 2023
6:00 PM

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