Art Writers Mentorship Program: Applications Now Open for 2018!

Rainey Knudson leading a workshop for BURNAWAY's Art Writers Mentorship Program.
Cycle 4 participants during their session at Hathaway Contemporary with mentor Rainey Knudson (center, wearing scarf), the founder and publisher of Glasstire.

Applications are now open for BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program, beginning on March 3.

We’re thrilled to announce that Cycle 6 has received generous funding from MailChimp! Thanks to MailChimp’s support, we are offering a significantly reduced tuition and scholarships for those with demonstrated need. 

Participants will receive instruction in professional practices and exposure to top practitioners in the field. The program gives participants the time and support to develop and hone their writing skills over five months. It is structured around monthly assignments and workshops that provide critical engagement and feedback in a small group setting.

Newly Extended Deadline!!!! February 5, 2018

Tuition: $650

Click here for the application. 

For further information, please contact Stephanie Cash at, or 404-602-9513.

CYCLE 6: March 3 – July 14

Session #1 March 3
Stephanie Cash, Executive Editor of BURNAWAY

Session #2 March 24
Felicia Feaster, art reviewer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Managing Editor at

Session #3 April 21
Kirstin Pai Buick, Associate Professor of Art History at University of New Mexico and 2015 Driskell Prize Winner

Session #4 May 19
Susan Snodgrass, Senior Lecturer in the Arts Journalism Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and contributor to Art in AmericaArt PapersSculpture and others.

Session #5 June 16
Cinqúe Hicks, art critic and editor

Session #6 July 14
Jordan Amirkhani, Assistant Professor of art history at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.



Testimonials from our participants:

The Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program has given me the professional and practical skills necessary to succeed in the world of art writing. I came into the program with a BFA and MFA in writing, along with extensive writing and editing experience; however, I have learned so much from this incredible workshop series. The quality of my prose, my understanding of the art world, and my ability to communicate about creativity have flourished because of EAWMP. Burnaway is training the next generation of art writers, and I’m thankful to take part in this program. Matthew Terrell

My time as a mentee in the EAWMP has not only improved my ability to write about art but also taught me how to think more critically and encouraged me to write more prolifically. Hearing varied perspectives on arts writing, from Stephanie Cash to Chuck Reece, has made me realize that there’s not just one way to write about art. The program has helped me tune into my originality and personality in my writing and has put me on a great path to go from emerging to established arts writer.  —Yves Jeffcoat

Art writing is a niche area, and there are few opportunities to gather not only with leading professionals in the field but colleagues with similar interests. I found Burnaway’s Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program a unique and rewarding program in which to think through broad issues and hone specific writing skills. It was stimulating to have discussions with a diverse, interesting group of art writers.  —Linnea West

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