Held each summer, Art Writing Incubator (AWrI) is Burnaway’s signature annual writing intensive, which cultivates the next generation of critics through a series of day-long workshops with leading culture writers from around the country and one-on-one tutorials with Burnaway’s editors. The Art Writing Incubator aspires to foster new voices in the field of art criticism, by emphasizing the discipline’s capacity to galvanize a more equitable, nimble, and dynamic cultural landscape.

a diverse group of students sit around a conference table with laptops and notebooks


Over the course of the program, each visiting mentor gives a public lecture related to their personal critical practice which is free and open to the public. The lecture is followed by a private workshop for AWrI participants to ask questions and brainstorm under the direction of the visiting Mentor. In addition to these Saturday workshops, AWrI students are paired with a member of Burnaway’s editorial masthead for one-on-one sessions in order to develop a long-form essay that can serve as a writing sample or possible pitch. Along the way, students will learn the practical skills necessary for a career in art criticism, including how and where to pitch.

Starting in 2021, each edition of AWrI will feature a keynote public lecture by a renowned cultural figure. The 2021 speaker was artist, writer, and publisher, Paul Chan, who explored the topic of criticism in his own artistic practice and experience.

While originally held in person, during and following the pandemic, AWrI will be held virtually in order to increase opportunities for students across the South to attend.


Mentors Announced – March
Applications Open – April
Acceptances – May
Program – Late June through early August

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2019 Art Writing Incubator

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