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 arts 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 workshops for AWrI partipcants 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

Check back in Spring 2022 for upcoming Mentors and to apply.
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2021 Art Writing Incubator

2020 Art Writing Incubator

2019 Art Writing Incubator

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