Writing Great Artist Statements, with Jonathan Escoffery

Whether you want to enhance your craft or win more writerly time and support, chances are that someday you’ll face a competitive application process. At such times, a well-written artist statement can go a long way to make you stand out from the pack. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components that every artist statement should include, as well as other ways to make your application as strong as can be. A necessary and practical workshop for writers looking to apply to fellowships, residencies, MFA programs, and grants!

Saturday, November 21, 1-4 p.m. ($75)

Jonathan Escoffery’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Paris Review, AGNI, ZYZZYVA, Pleiades, Salt Hill, The Caribbean Writer, Creative Nonfiction, Solstice Literary Magazine, Pangyrus, and elsewhere. His most recent honors include the 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowship, the 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors, a 2020 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico grant, and a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship. He has received awards and honors from The Best American Short Stories anthology, Prairie Schooner, Passages North, the Somerville Arts Council, The Writers’ Room of Boston, Kimbilio Fiction, the Anderson Center, Wellspring House, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Jonathan earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota where he was a DOVE Fellow, a COSP Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at Dislocate magazine. He attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program as a Provost Fellow.