Some people offer sessions or seminars, we offer WORKshops:
please come prepared to work as these are interactive, informative sessions in an intimate setting centred around you, your artistic practice and current projects (or ideas for projects).
These are skills working arts makers need to develop at a price point that respects their budgets.
All workshops only $20.
Answering the “Why”: an Unusual Writing Workshop
Wed Nov 1, 6:30-8:30pm with Kristina Lemieux
Being able to talk about your work in a concise, compelling way is as important as creating the work itself. You think your work is worthwhile - but how do you convince audiences, funders, donors, media, sponsors, juries and presenters? How do you maintain your authentic voice and idea while accommodating how different audiences respond to language and narrative? Knowing your audience and what is important to them is vital to understanding how to best frame your work into a succinct, interesting narrative that answers the primary question of “Why should they care?” Why does the work you’re making right now matter? How does it relate to them or the questions they are asking you? What’s the simplest, most engaging way you can answer those questions with confidence? You may already be saying all the right things, but HOW you say them can make all the difference. Over the two hours you will:
- Learn to write a concise thesis statement for your project
- Learn how to plan out a narrative description
- Review the various ways you can describe both the creative and production side of your project
- Look at two most common places for persuasive writing and what is required: funders and audiences
Peer Review: Canada Council for the Arts - Explore and Create (project grants)
Mon Nov 6, 6:30-8:30pm with Kristina Lemieux
Just in time for the November 15th deadline for Canada Council for the Arts project grants in the Explore and Create category!
Peer Review is a workshop series designed to sharpen your grant writing skills. Using grant drafts you have already prepared, Peer Review mirrors the grant adjudicating process by breaking apart what is expected in the grants from an evaluation perspective and solicits feedback from your peers on what works well and what doesn't. At the end of this session you will have a far clearer idea of where you grant needs work, with 9 days left to make your edits. Over the two hours you will review:
- guidelines of the grant
- assessment criteria of the grant
- tips on constructive criticism
- t least one other grant application and receive feedback on your own
Thinking Creatively when Crowdfunding
Mon Dec 4, 6:30-9pm with Katie Leamen
Despite being creative people as artists, we are generally quite uncreative when it comes to crowdfunding. Other workshops may teach you the practical points and best practices of how to build a crowdfunding campaign (we’ll cover it), but we really want to talk about the creative ways you can use your crowdfunding campaign to do more than just raise money: how can you use this opportunity to support your publicity plan, audience development, project research, etc? After a brief intro the principles of the practice, we’ll dig deeper as a group to brainstorm creative strategies that can make your crowdfunding campaigns multi-purpose and get more bang for your crowdfunding bucks!
*NEW* Need a grant reviewed or feedback on your media release? Have a producing crisis you need to work through with an outside eye? Trying to figure out non-profit incorporation, pressing tax concern, board governance, identify potential sponsor partners or need help developing your project plan? Generator is now offering one-on-one consultations and brainstorms to get you through a particular challenge. Schedule a session with any of our knowledgeable, experienced and creative brains to get help and support in the comfort of a private session. $50/hour.
Please email info@generatorTO.com to schedule a session. In your email please indicate what the focus of the session would be so we can get you the best brain for the job.