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Book Review: Book: Art-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

Book: Art-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

Author: Vicki Krohn Amorose

Amazon: $7.64

Review by Paul Cammarata

Good book to help artist write about their own artwork and for the business of promoting themselves as an artist. The author offers step-by-step approaches and worksheets to help you build and organize your thoughts.

It is a short read and overall a very good book. The exercises can be very helpful, particularly for anyone who hasn’t written for their art ventures before. I do wish the author spent more time on the bio and a little less on the statement, however, she has good insight. You can also tell that she has a passion for art.

Below is the breakdown of the book,

Pages 1-12: is the preface and introduction

Pages 13-69: is about creating an artist statement with exercises with word and phrase suggestions and work sheets.

Pages 71-105: Has a variety of subjects:

  • Your elevator pitch (which she calls your handshake speech)

  • Bio, Cover Letter and Resume

  • How to write a press Release

  • Filling out forms and writing proposals

Pages 106-109: Recap (titled: Look Again)

Amazon write up:

To teach artists how to write about their own artwork. This concise and current career resource is filled with achievable advice on how to write for art promotion and sales. The book offers a step-by-step approach to create a professional artist statement, with thinking and writing exercises to ease the process and develop authentic and clear content. Opportunities in the art world often begin with the artist's own writing; for exhibitions, funding, press releases and email inquiry letters. Art-Write offers comprehensive direction to artists who want to enhance their visual work with effective language. Author Vicki Krohn Amorose combines the sensibility of an artist with the practicality of a copywriter, offering an understanding of her readers along with generous wit and encouragement.


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