Art Project Grant
ACHF Arts Education
The number of persons participating will have increased over past years. And we will grow the writing skills of participants through a quality workshop lead by Judy Wilson.1. Tabulate the number of area writers who attended the workshop and determine the percentage of the total who benefitted from having to not travel a great distance. 2. Construct and use an assessment tool (pre-survey and post-survey) that addresses the specific writing techniques and publishing tools and resources Dr. Wilson plans to present. Use the information to determine of the goals were met and report on that data. 3. Construct and use an assessment survey that determines the goals of the next workshop plus any other information to determine the success of the workshop.
The pre-survey showed that 14 participants said yes/mostly yes to feeling comfortable/successful utilizing the 9 listed skills. 12 participants said “no/mostly no” to utilizing the skills, and 4 participants split the “yes” and “no.” One might read that as over half already knew and used the listed skills, but that’s too subjective to feel strongly about. However, from that information and from talking with the participants and the participants talking with Judy individually, we know there were many accomplished writers at the workshop. We also know that a future workshop would need to address the range of abilities of the participants. We also learned that half the participants learned about the event from direct invitation or word of mouth, 8 read about it in a newspaper, 6 learned about it online or from email, and 2 saw our posters. The participants’ preference for registering included the following: 16 for online, 2 for calling, 7 for email, and 4 for snail mail. Preference for paying included the following: online 11, US mail 13, at the door 5, and does not matter 2. The level of writing included the following: aspiring 13, emerging 9, and published 5. Some did not indicate. The post-survey also told us that 17 participants were from within 60 mile radius and 11 came from a farther distance. There was 100% approval of the location and work space of the workshop. 23 people liked the annual workshops and 2 would like them every two years. The majority liked the weekend schedule and 4 people wanted just a one day workshop. 28 wanted to be alerted about future arts workshops and nearly 100% said the best parts were the presenter and the location. People suggested changing how the Saturday lunch was ordered, more individual interaction, more time, more time for questions and answers, hear others read, mix up the participants, and a couple suggested not meeting on Sunday. Future topics for workshops included the following: writing a novel, more on publishing, writing a blog/web, poetry, creating the manuscript, writing nonfiction, get work critiqued, and writing and publishing children’s books. We will use these ideas to improve future workshops.
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