August 21, 2001: Writing course gives arts professionals an advantage

      August 21, 2001
      Contact: Crawford Kilian, program coordinator, 604.983.7585

      (NORTH VANCOUVER) — It’s been said that art can do anything but speak, so artists sometimes have to speak for themselves. Capilano College can help them do this through a new program being offered this fall.

      "We're offering a specialized course in communications and the arts this fall," says instructor, Letia Richardson. "Communications (CMNS) 153 is a coursein enhancing your arts career through your writing."

      Artists and craftspersons often need to be advocates for themselves and their work, Richardson says. "You need to know how to write proposals, and how to summarize your background in a resume, biographical notes, and artist's statement." As a writer and newsletter editor, Richardson also knows how effective a good article can be, and one assignment in CMNS 153 is to write an article for publication.

      "As well, students will develop written materials for an artistic project of their choice," she says, adding, "Any working artist, craftsperson, musician, photographer, film-maker, dancer, or actor, would benefit from this course."

      Her own arts background is extensive, including experience as a curator, writer, editor, arts programming instructor, and desktop publisher.

      Running from September 7 to November 29, CMNS 153 meets Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Vancouver campus of Capilano College. Registration and tuition cost about $160. For more information, contact CMNS coordinator, Crawford Kilian, at 604.983.7585, or

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