Why do you need a writing coach to help you with your artist statement, bio, CV, website, or statement of purpose?

Maybe you have a hard time organizing your ideas, or it’s difficult to pinpoint the particular set of strengths that set you apart in the art world. Perhaps you rely on friends and fellow artists to help you write your materials, or you believe your work should stand on its own. 

But in today’s increasingly competitive art market your writing needs to stand out as much as your work; and if you’ve been counting on friends to guide you, you’re probably missing the mark. That’s because the materials that will get you across the finish line are not just about good writing. They’re about strategic writing that convinces people that you and your projects are worth investing in.

Whether you’re a young artist crafting your first artist statement or a seasoned professional in need of a refresh, the Artist’s Toolbox offers customizable coaching options to help you develop the materials you need to put your best foot forward as an artist. 

 

The Artist’s Toolbox Critique

Package I: Artist Statement, Bio and CV

  • Artist Statement Edit.

    I've helped hundreds of artists improve their artist statement and can help shape yours to reflect the best qualities of your work. Our goal will be to produce a 120-200-word statement that captures what sets you apart in the art world in the most concise and dynamic way. In the process you'll learn how to write your next statement more effectively and without my help. We will go through as many rounds of editing as necessary until we feel the statement is ready to submit.

  • Artist Bio edit.

    I'll edit your artist bio to emphasize your strengths in professional and compelling language, and also alert you to any red flags that may prevent a gallery, juror, grant committee, or client from considering your work.  Our goal will be to produce a 100-150-word bio. As with the statement, we'll go through as many rounds of editing as needed until it's ready to submit. 

  • One round of feedback on your CV. I'll read your CV and offer insight into how you might organize it to showcase your unique strengths; I will also help make sure your CV conforms to industry standards so that you put your best foot forward. 
 
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The Artist’s Toolbox Critique

Package II: Artist Statement, Bio, CV and Statement of Purpose or Intent

  • Artist Statement Edit.

    I've helped hundreds of artists improve their artist statement and can help shape yours to reflect the best qualities of your work. Our goal will be to produce a 120-200-word statement that captures what sets you apart in the art world in the most concise and dynamic way. In the process you'll learn how to write your next statement more effectively and without my help. We will go through as many rounds of editing as necessary until we feel the statement is ready to submit.

  • Artist Bio edit.

    I'll edit your artist bio to emphasize your strengths in professional and compelling language, and also alert you to any red flags that may prevent a gallery, juror, grant committee, or client from considering your work.  Our goal will be to produce a 100-150-word bio. As with the statement, we'll go through as many rounds of editing as needed until it's ready to submit. 

  • One round of feedback on your CV.

    I'll read your CV and offer insight into how you might organize it to showcase your unique strengths; I will also help make sure your CV conforms to industry standards so that you put your best foot forward. 

  • Statement of Purpose or Intent: Most grant and residency applications ask that you submit a longer (usually 500 words) statement about your vision and process, usually called a statement of purpose or intent. I’ll work with you to edit a statement you’ve drafted, offer insight into how a committee may perceive it, and give you suggestions for strengthening it. We’ll work together for up to three rounds of revisions. The goal is to give you a letter you can use now that will also serve as a template for future applications. 
 
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The Artist’s Toolbox Critique

Package III: Artist Statement, Bio, CV, Statement of Purpose or Intent, and Website Critique

  • Artist Statement Edit.

    I've helped hundreds of artists improve their artist statement and can help shape yours to reflect the best qualities of your work. Our goal will be to produce a 120-200-word statement that captures what sets you apart in the art world in the most concise and dynamic way. In the process you'll learn how to write your next statement more effectively and without my help. We will go through as many rounds of editing as necessary until we feel the statement is ready to submit.

  • Artist Bio edit.

    I'll edit your artist bio to emphasize your strengths in professional and compelling language, and also alert you to any red flags that may prevent a gallery, juror, grant committee, or client from considering your work.  Our goal will be to produce a 100-150-word bio. As with the statement, we'll go through as many rounds of editing as needed until it's ready to submit. 

  • One round of feedback on your CV.

    I'll read your CV and offer insight into how you might organize it to showcase your unique strengths; I will also help make sure your CV conforms to industry standards so that you put your best foot forward. 

  • Statement of Purpose or Intent:

    Most grant and residency applications ask that you submit a longer (usually 500 words) statement about your vision and process, usually called a statement of purpose or intent. I’ll work with you to edit a statement you’ve drafted, offer insight into how a committee may perceive it, and give you suggestions for strengthening it. We’ll work together for up to three rounds of revisions. The goal is to give you a letter you can use now that will also serve as a template for future applications. 

  • Website Critique: Every artist's online presence begins and ends with their website. It's a critical component for long-term marketing and publicity campaigns. Are the various elements of your site working together to present a cohesive message about who you are as an artist? Do its aesthetics and professionalism reinforce the caliber of the art you’re making or do they detract? If you're not sure you can answer these questions, or you've never had professional guidance on how to improve your website, I can provide you with a critique of what’s working as well as a set of concrete suggestions for improvements you can make to showcase your work in the best possible light.
 
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Just looking for a statement or bio edit?

I can help! We will go through as many editing rounds as needed until it's ready for submission.

Artist Statement

Artist Bio

CV

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My Credentials

I have over 20 years of experience coaching artists and writers. I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction from The Ohio State University and teach professional and creative writing to artists at the Columbus College of Art and Design. I am also a working artist who has used my own version of the materials I’ll help you create to win numerous grants and awards, including the Ohio Individual Excellence Award and fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Playa, the Hambidge Center, and Brush Creek Foundation. My work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune, and my essays, poems and short stories have been published in places such as The Southern Review, Ninth Letter, South Loop Review, Sonora Review, Tampa Review, and The Pinch.

About My Process  

For most clients, I end up rewriting and revising some portion of their materials. That said, I never consider my edits either final or perfect. Many statements and bios require several editing rounds before we get it right.

  • This is a collaborative engagement. I work as your editor and adviser rather than a writer-for-hire. I can't write in your style or voice, nor will I have the same insight as you into the art you make and why you make it. However, I can help ensure that your written materials capture the best qualities of your work. I'll need your guidance and hands-on involvement to do that. 

  • We’ll begin with a set of questions I’ve crafted to help you clarify your artistic vision and purpose. The answers to these questions, along with your current artist statement, if you have one, serves as our springboard. I always welcome your input and insight on what's missing or what you're hoping to achieve. If I know what concerns you, I can better address it in my edits and questions.   

  • For your statement, bio and CV, I will correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling if needed, but I always recommend you do a final proofread before sending off your materials.
  • I will apply formatting and styling that is expected and consistent with industry standards.

After the editing work is finished, I'm available to answer your follow-up questions via email at no charge. You're also welcome to get in touch as questions arise during the submissions process. I want you to feel confident and less anxious as you submit your work—to know that there's someone you can trust and communicate with whenever you encounter doubt or frustration. What I provide goes beyond a transaction: it's a relationship that requires communication and trust.

All consulting and editing work is performed exclusively by myself; I do not subcontract or use assistants. You will always be communicating directly with me.

My Promise

No matter which coaching option you choose, The Artist’s Toolbox is designed to

  • Save you hours of false starts and rounds of frustration

  • Replace the struggle of finding the right words with a clear roadmap to help you capture exactly who you are and why your work matters

  • Help you organize, clarify, and polish your ideas so you can stand out in an increasingly competitive market

  • Leave you with a clear and succinct set of materials you can send to any gallery or committee or publish on the web, without red flags or distractions, and with your best foot forward

  • Give you back your time so you can focus on your art

If, after our first session together you don’t feel like the coaching you’ve selected is going to help you reach your writing goals, just let me know and I’ll refund the remaining balance of your coaching fee.

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