Spring Craft Intensive: Lilly Dancyger


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The Personal/Critical Essay: Writing About Art and The Self with Lilly Dancyger
Saturday, June 15th 
10 AM  – 1 PM PST / 1 – 4 PM EST

If art is a mirror, reflecting our own experiences and the world around us, then it’s no wonder that writing about art can be one of the most illuminating ways to write about the self. In this one-day craft intensive, we’ll read and discuss examples of personal/critical essays—essays that engage with art as a way to articulate something personal—and generate new writing that incorporates both art criticism and memoir. We’ll discuss the intricacies of essays that make a classic work of art feel brand new, and those that reveal the very real artistic potential of low-brow “guilty pleasures,” and we will give ourselves permission to write with authority about art that moves us, regardless of formal training or expertise.

This is a class best suited for writers of all experience levels.

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Lilly Dancyger is the author of First Love: Essays on Friendship (The Dial Press, 2024), and Negative Space (SFWP, 2021). She lives in New York City, and is a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing has been published by GuernicaLiterary HubThe RumpusLongreadsOff AssignmentThe Washington PostPlayboyRolling Stone, and more. She teaches creative nonfiction in MFA programs at Columbia University and Randolph College. Find her on Instagram at @lillydancyger and Substack at The Word Cave.