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Exploring a Personal Approach in Writing


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this elective course.


Are you writing about your own art practice, writing about the work of other artists or is writing a part of your work?
Then this is the perfect course for you.

There are many deliberate choices to be made before writing and different possibilities to be discovered during writing.
In this course, we will explore the basic choices you can make when writing a text: when to be objective or subjective, when to be showing or telling, which perspective to use, what tense to write in, which format or lay-out to use? In short: how do you find or develop the appropriate form or style that enhances the specific content you want to address? And what are the effects of those choices on reader and writer?

The aim of the course is to stimulate students to write and to develop a personal approach or ‘voice’.
The emphasis therefore lies on ‘learning through doing’, which means that the experiment with and the practice of the writing itself is the basis for learning, while the theoretical input offers context and understanding.

The set-up of the course is thematic. Each theme will be introduced by a presentation. The tutor will expand on the theme, using examples from writing practices. During class, students will work on assignments to write a particular type of text. The texts will be commented on during and after class. Students will then rewrite the text for their portfolio. The texts will be discussed in class, in groups (peer feedback) and the tutor will give in-depth feedback.
Themes and lectures: Themes and lectures

For whom?

For 2nd, 3rd an 4th year BA students of the KABK and Leiden University.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points (KABK: towards the Individual Study Trajectory).
Studyload 3 EC.

15 to 20 students can participate in the programme.

The course will be in English.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

Have developed writing skills;

Know what the effects of basic understandings within a writing practice will have on the text, the reader and the writer;

Be able to play with different formats of writing to express ideas and opinions about Art and Design and on one’s own work;

Be able to critically reflect on the work of others.


Dates, times and locations

The course consists of nine meetings during the 1st semester on Wednesday afternoons from 16.00-19.00 hrs:

1 Wednesday 30-09-2020 (online)

2 Wednesday 07-10-2020 (room BP.101)

3 Wednesday 14-10-2020 (room PA.011)

4 Wednesday 28-10-2020 (room PD.101)

5 Wednesday 04-11-2020 (room PA.007 and PA.009)

6 Wednesday 11-11-2020 (online)

7 Wednesday18-11-2020 (room PB.101)

8 Wednesday 25-11-2020 (online)

9 Wednesday 02-12-2020 (room PB.101)


The lectures/workgroups and the exam take place at KABK, rooms please see above.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and workshops

Assessment method

Student shows initiative and originality in the handling of assignments
Student gives expression to a distinctive (artistic/discursive) ambition or vision
Student develops and explores (offered) techniques and theories
Student demonstrates a critical and inquiring attitude toward the techniques and theories that are offered
Student effectively organizes the process (e.g. meets deadlines and assignment requirements, presence in class)
Student engages in dialogue about one’s writing and that of others
Student draws insights from discussions and implements feedback
Student productively collaborates with fellow students

The final results will be collected in a portfolio. ECTS credits will be awarded on the basis of the assignments, the final portfolio and on the performance in class.

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Please apply before 7 September 2020.
General information about uSis is available on the website


Lecturer: Liesbeth Fit

Coordinator: Emily Huurdeman


Liesbeth Fit works as an independent writer, editor, curator and researcher. She studied design at the Utrecht School of the Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Currently she teaches writing and narrative classes at Design Academy Eindhoven and is a contributing editor of where she also developed podcasts on design research. At the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague she worked as theory teacher for the Interior Design department and developed the Research & Discourse program and the Writing Art course in cooperation with the Readership Art, Theory and Practice. She published on design, art and architecture in a.o Items, Smaak, Mr. Motley and the Journal of Modern Craft and was an editor for Z Magazine. Her latest publication is in: De Vet, A. (ed.). (2020). Design Dedication. Adaptive mentalities in design education (2020). Amsterdam: Valiz.


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