“Secrets of an Arts Adminstrator” will be a weekly blog post featuring anecdote from regional administrators/educators in the creative field. It is NCLAC’s hope that through these real life experiences artists in all fields can gain practical knowledge for the industry. As the famous author C.S. Lewis once said “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” Topic Four: Writing is not the enemy
It's not, and neither is math. They are merely life skills that any individual (no matter how right-brained you might be) needs to function in a professional setting. Every arts professional will have to do a fair amount of both writing and math (we will talk about math next week). It's best to approach writing with a positive attitude, good friends, and a helpful reminder of all those rules we should have learned in high school. This is a particular hard post for me to write considering that grammar and usage are a personal struggle (mainly because I HATE proofreading). Below you will find some suggestions in websites and books on this very subject.
Website (Highly Recommended by English Professors)
- Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
- How to Write It by Sandra E. Lamb
- Technical Communication by Mike Markel
- Lifetime Encyclopedia of Letters by Harold E. Meyer
Dr. Susan Roach, Coordinator of the Technical Writing Program, says "Follow the guidelines exactly in any task driven writing".
I think I'll be ordering these today...
NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.