Winter Craft Intensive: Lilly Dancyger


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The Personal/Critical Essay: Writing About Art and The Self with Lilly Dancyger
Saturday, January 20th
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 craft intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Lilly Dancyger is the author of Negative Space (2021), a reported and illustrated memoir selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards; and First Love, a collection of personal and critical essays about the power and complexity of female friendship, forthcoming from The Dial Press in Spring 2024. She is also the editor of Burn It Down (2019), a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women’s anger. Lilly’s writing has been published by Guernica, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Longreads, Off Assignment, The Washington Post, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. She lives in New York City.