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Writing Skills For Artists 


Saturday 8th December 

Venue – Inverness city centre, TBC

Learn to adapt the way you express your practice across many different contexts and purposes from strategic writing for funding applications and exhibition proposals, to the more imaginative writing for artist statements and idea-based texts. 

This course acknowledges the shifting purpose, materiality and application of written material and will teach strategies to navigate and adapt to this. This intensive 1 day course will be delivered by arts writer and journalism lecturer Moira Jeffrey and arts writer and fiction writer Nicola White. 


Morning session – Strategies
This workshop will exercise practical strategies in how to make writing ‘do its own work’ when it comes to writing proposals and funding applications. Exploring style-sheet editing, ‘trigger words’ and empty language.  

Afternoon session – Correspondence

This workshop will approach art writing as a way to allow for oblique/parallel readings, producing texts 'in correspondence' with other facets of artistic practice.


About the trainers:

Moira Jeffrey is an independent writer working on books and essays with a focus on contemporary art practice. She has written extensively about Scottish art for national newspapers, magazines, periodicals such as The Guardian, The Scotsman, Axisweb, and many more. In 2017, she joined the Scottish Contemporary Art Network she also lectures in arts and feature journalism.

Nicola White’s first novel, In the Rosary Garden won the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast on radio. A former curator and documentary maker, she often collaborates on creative writing and audio projects with artists and arts organisations. Nicola lives on the Black Isle north of Inverness.


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