The Creative Art of Proposals

How to Write Kick-Ass Language That Gets Your Work Funded, Shown, and All Loved Up

Workshop with Minal Hajratwala

**Due to popular demand we have closed sign-up for Sunday and added a Tuesday session!**

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30-9:30pm — email to sign up!

@ the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street #600 (btwn 6th and 7th Aves)
New York, NY
Advanced sign-up required

Whether for grants or gigs, personal statements or crowdsource appeals, today’s artist has to master the parallel art of describing her work in writing. This three-hour workshop will put you on the path to crafting successful, authentic language that brings your art the support you deserve. Through fun, simple exercises, you’ll get to the heart of what you want to say, quickly and efficiently so that you can spend more time making art and less time agonizing over (or avoiding) your important career documents. You will define your own strong “personal brand” and learn creative, practical methods to illuminate your work in words. You will leave the workshop energized and empowered, with persuasive new language that you can deploy across platforms to sell yourself, without selling your soul.

This workshop is open to artists of all disciplines and genres, including visual artists, filmmakers, writers, etc. There are a limited number of slots available, so please register in advance


$25 pre-paid registration fee. Please email us at to register and for payment instructions.
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Minal Hajratwala has achieved every significant professional accomplishment in her life by writing a proposal first. These include a Fulbright fellowship, a fellowship at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a Sundance Institute writing fellowship; various grants and residencies; love affairs; and a six-figure book contract. As a writing coach, she works with individuals and has taught workshops internationally at universities, community organizations, and online. She is the creatrix of “Blueprint Your Book” and “Writing from the Chakras,” two curricula that lead to fast, powerful breakthroughs for writers. Her award-winning nonfiction epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009) was called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post. She is the editor of Out! Stories From the New Queer India (Queer Ink 2013), a groundbreaking LGBT anthology. A graduate of Stanford University, she currently divides her time between Bangalore and San Francisco.