These descriptions can be modified for one-time workshops or full courses.
Art Writing Workshops: These writing workshops walk participants through a methodology I use to engage with, analyze, and write about art objects. The methodology I teach comes in steps: 1. Name it. By naming, we articulate a particular aspect of the art object that we’re paying direct attention to. We take our time with this step, describing all that we see, hear, feel, etc. 2. Artist’s intention. We think about the themes, subject matters, or concepts that the artist is conveying with their pieces. 3. Outside/other conversations. For this step, we think about the conversations that are helping us understand the piece. We can listen to other art critics, reviews, or even our friends and peers. 4. Analysis: The final step is where we pull it all together and add our “two cents," considering all that we have worked through. We will have group and individual discussions about a variety of art objects.
Experimental Composition: In these experimental workshops, students/ participants can have the opportunity to play around with different genres and modalities. This workshop will teach people from various creative/critical backgrounds to have the confidence to celebrate their own creative voice and use that voice to manifest innovative and ethical projects–– be it creative writing, academic writing, podcast, digital media, etc. I will ask participants a series of discussion questions that ultimately get them to think about why a creator would need to use a particular genre to get their message across.
Reflections on Black Art: As a PhD student, my primary area of study is contemporary Black art and literature. With this workshop, I help students/participants understand how the works of contemporary Black writers and artists build upon and repurpose the conceptual and political categories, as well as the aesthetic practices, of their literary and visual predecessors. We have conversations about what the arts are saying about embodied Blackness in the contemporary and historical sense. We work together to break down some heavy loaded concepts to keep driving these conversations forward.
Studying Speculative Fiction: In this workshop, we examine leading speculative writers, such as Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and others. While examining these texts, our main question is: How and what do these works make possible that is not possible/not found in our colonial reality? Together, we look for the ways speculative works demonstrate the process by which our various material conditions become manipulated, coded, hyper-visible, and invisible (among other phenomena). But speculative fiction texts allow us a glimpse outside of that reality. We will look for gaps that go beyond these scenes of subjection and move into a different world where existence looks different.