Runs from Tuesday September 21 2021 to Tuesday November 23 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: John Nyman
Sep 21- Nov 23
Tuesday 2PM-4PM

In “Writing About Art,” we will blur the lines between professional art criticism and creative writing. By blending techniques from conventional arts writing (e.g., reviews, interviews, blog posts, etc.) and creative writing (including genres such as ekphrastic poetry and personal essay), we will explore different ways of writing about the art and culture we experience in the world around us. Participants will have the opportunity to practice responding to many kinds of artwork—including poetry, visual art, music, film, dance, and anything else you’d like to write about! This course is designed for writers looking to expand their skill set and discover publication opportunities in arts journalism, artists in other mediums who are interested in developing their writing skills, and anyone who just loves art and wants to express their thoughts and feelings about it.

Materials: something to write with/on for workshopping and If you have any access needs, please let Cynella know.

About the instructor: John Nyman completed a Ph.D. at Western University’s Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism in 2018. His dissertation, titled “Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry,” explores the use of overt textual erasure in literary and philosophical writing, particularly Jacques Derrida’s “writing under erasure” and contemporary erasure poetry. Other research interests include visual and conceptual poetry, aesthetic theory, and phenomenology.

In recent years, John has focused on exploring applications and elaborations of his scholarly research outside academic frameworks. These pursuits include his participation in ad-hoc reading and discussion groups, his emphasis on teaching critical thinking and communication skills in a variety of pedagogical contexts, and his work as a creative and critical writer. Informed by the belief that philosophical thought is valuable in domains as diverse as creativity, relationships, and wellness, he hopes to incorporate his intellectual work into holistic, embodied explorations of themes such as irony, rhetorical personae, and white and other normative identities.

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