Professional Development During the Pause // Webinar

Professional Development During the Pause // Webinar

Use this break in the normal routine to assess and revise (or tackle for the first time!) your creative resume, your artist’s statement, and your cover letter template so that you’re ready to move forward when it’s time.

Right now, many of us are experiencing disruptions. Work, school, childcare, and many recreation options have been affected—and so have professional development opportunities. Workshops, residencies, and conferences we applied for last fall are now canceled or postponed, which can make it feel like we are stuck. I believe that those opportunities will be back, and while in this moment, it might be hard to focus on writing the next best-selling novel (or even on reading the latest), it is a good time to do some structured clean-up of our professional and promotional development toolkit. 

This webinar will cover how each document can be used as part of successful applications for workshops, grants, or residencies, as well as for promotional uses (e.g., website, bio, pitches). We will discuss standard formats, effective contents and considerations, and best practices for regular revision, and touch on related information such as evaluating application guidelines, customizing your templates for each opportunity, and tracking your application seasons. You’ll also receive handouts and online resources to use after class.

In this webinar you will:

  • LEARN about the components of a writer’s resume and CV, artist’s statement, and cover letter template, and how they can be used to apply for funding, time, or education opportunities.
  • DISCOVER how the paramedic method of revision can strengthen your professional and promotional materials.
  • UNDERSTAND how to build and maintain “template” documents, and how to tailor them to specific applications.
  • PLAN to assemble, track, and submit effective applications for residencies, workshops, conferences, and grants.

This webinar is for writers who plan to apply for residencies, fellowships, grants, or workshops/conference scholarships in the future.


Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
2 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Advance registration required. Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 5/17/2020
$20 if registered after 5/17/2020

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.


Want personalized feedback on your artist statement, resume, and cover letter from the instructor? 

Use the dropdown menu beneath the product image to add a review to your webinar for only $50. Submissions should be no longer than 5 pages. Feedback will be delievered via a live GoToMeeting with Chelsea, 2-3 weeks after the webinar concludes. Only 15 reviews are available. 


About the instructor

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of The Skinned Bird and two prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong. Her essays have been collected in Best American Science & Nature Writing 2016, Waveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women, How We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, and others. She is a former Olive B. O'Connor fellow at Colgate University and Oregon Literary Arts fellow in nonfiction. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, and the Consortium for Science and Policy Outcomes/NSF. She has an MFA in creative writing/environmental studies from the University of Wyoming, and she lives and works outside of Portland, Oregon.


Questions? Please email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.