Gigi Rosenberg won her first unofficial grant as a 14-year-old when she convinced her parents to fork over the cash to buy 5 rolls of Super 8 Kodachrome to shoot her first film. Today, she works as a writer, speaker, and presentation coach for corporations and artist entrepreneurs. Her essays and articles have been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Jewish Review, Parenting, and Writer’s Digest.
She wrote The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing (Watson-Guptill, 2010) to teach artists and writers how to win grants, fundraise creatively, and ensure that every second they spend writing a proposal pushes their art further into the world. The book grew out of her acclaimed professional development workshops launched in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
As a writer, she explores the world’s peculiarities and paradoxes. In essays, memoir, and dramatic monologues, she scrutinizes taboos and investigates the quirks, losses, and impossible expectations of being a mother, daughter, wife, and human.
As a presentation coach, she draws on her background in writing, visual art, theater, and corporate communications to coach business people and artist entrepreneurs. Her workshop Make a Great Presentation has been featured at Microsoft, Mercy Corps NW, Washington’s Artist Trust, and the University of Portland’s Center for Entrepreneurship. She has taught Give a Good Reading at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, Lewis and Clark College, the Willamette Writers Conference, and Seattle’s BizArt Conference. View the client list.
Born in New York City to professional visual artist parents, Gigi grew up there and in Boston. At McGill University in Montreal she studied psychology and English literature and graduated with a degree in anthropology. Since then, she’s studied theology, writing, fine arts, and theater at many institutions including the Parsons School of Design in Paris, Harvard University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Sundance Institute.
In Boston and Portland, Oregon, she worked for 15 years for corporations and non-profits. As vice-president at Larry Miller Productions in Boston and as a freelance producer in Portland she produced TV commercials, corporate videos, films, and print projects. Her clients have included Portland General Electric, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston City Hospital, Omni Hotels, and LU Cookies in Paris among many others. View the client list.
Today she works in downtown Portland, Oregon, in an historic 1925 building across the street from Central Library where she can see Mount St. Helens from her 8th floor window. From there she writes, coaches clients on presentations, and teaches workshops to artists and entrepreneurs. Her latest book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist, is in its second printing.