01 January 2011

Women Painting Stories: The 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Writers Lab 2011 (scholarships available)

Post date: 01 January 2011
Deadline: 18 February 2011


The 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) 2011

A program of Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts and AMATE: Women Painting Stories

A unique program with three of SF's community-based interdisciplinary arts organizations designed to thoroughly explore and develop your writing. Accepted applicants will participate in eight workshops led by accomplished writers and artists, engage in and be inspired by other artistic genres, perform their work at a public event, be published in online anthology, and have the opportunity to develop a communal network of writing peers.


SF-based arts organizations, Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts and Amate: Women Painting Stories are seeking applications for, the 8th annual Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL), a literary program for emerging writers, scheduled to take place April 3 - May 22, 2011. Twelve students will be selected to participate in the literary program which will involve a series of workshops, a public reading, and an online anthology publication. IWL workshops will be led by Brenda Wong Aoki, Jaime Cortez, Erika Lopez and one other instructor to be announced (check back in Jan). The IWL will conclude with a public reading in early July at Intersection 5M

The goals of the IWL program include the following:

1) to provide twelve local emerging writers/artists with the opportunity to challenge, develop, and expand their practice by working with established writers in a variety of genres;
2) to contribute to the development of new literary forms and language that incorporate multiple forms of creative expression;
3) to provide emerging artists with the opportunity to create community by connecting and working with each other and with established writers in the literary world;
4) to provide the larger community with an opportunity to engage with new work and new explorations of form and language;
5) to publish an online anthology that highlights work by exciting new writers committed to exploring new forms and voices.

We are looking for local (SF Bay Area) emerging writers and multidisciplinary artists who wish to develop and expand their practice and skills by experimenting with new forms and taking risks in creative expression. Selected participants will participate in eight workshop sessions of three hours duration each (all workshop sessions will take place on Saturday mornings) and will have the opportunity to attend and participate in a public event at Intersection. Writers need not be published, but must demonstrate a consistent pursuit of the arts and a deep interest in participating in an experimental writing program.

Please submit the following:

1. An IWL 2011 application form (below);
2. Writing sample, 12 point & double-spaced, not to exceed 7 pages;
3. A description of why you want to enroll in the IWL program, not to exceed 500 words.
4. A submission fee of $10 (check or money order made out to Intersection for the Arts). Please note: submission fees are used to cover artist fees, the online publication, and partial and full scholarships. Submission fees may be waived on as-need basis, and per applicant request. To request a submission fee waiver, please contact KSW at info@kearnystreet.org.


The tuition for accepted IWL participants is $425, (two full or four partial scholarships are available). Tuition levels will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on individual participant needs. If you wish to be considered for a partial or full scholarship, please submit an additional description of your circumstances and why you believe you deserve a scholarship.

Please submit all materials and application fee to:

Intersection for the Arts
Attention: IWL 2009
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

For more information, please contact:

Rebeka Rodriguez, Program Director
Intersection for the Arts
415.626.2787 ext108

More information here.
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