2023 Art Writing Incubator Jun 24 - Jul 29, 2023 Online
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AWrI 2023 Dates: June 24-July 29 (excluding July 1)
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Visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and spend the day a world away!

Public Talks:

Th July 6 at 7 PM EST: Keynote Speaker Harmony Holiday

Sat July 8 at 12 PM EST: Dawn Chan

Sat July 15 at 12 PM EST: Dr. Jordan Amirkhani 

Visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and spend the day a world away!

Sat July 22 at 12 PM EST: Grace Aneiza Ali

Sat July 29 at 12 PM EST: JJJJJerome Ellis

The theme this year is Critical Movement(s). The 2023 AWrI will examine the way in which art writing casts a critical eye on movement— from the body in motion, to migration or translation, as well as emotional resonance or the sensation of being moved. Burnaway has invited speakers ranging from performers, critics, interdisciplinary artists, cultural workers, and educators to speak about how movement is addressed in art writing and criticism.

Burnaway’s Arts Writing Incubator program has equipped participants with tools for pitching, writing statements, and producing considered criticism for the last seven years. The five-week program begins with a session hosted by Burnaway’s editorial masthead and subsequent weeks led by guest speakers. In addition, Burnaway has invited a renowned cultural figure to give a keynote public talk addressing the yearly theme. Over the course of the program, students will formally propose, develop, and complete a short-form writing project with one-on-one feedback from Burnaway’s editors. Following the completion of the program, these works will be compiled into a small chapbook circulated on Burnaway’s platform.

The 2023 Art Writing Incubator will be held virtually. Applications, available April 13th, are open to anyone over the age of 18 with connections in our coverage area – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. The Art Writing Incubator intends to foster new writers and champion under-represented voices. It is supported by Critical Minded. 

Additional information will be shared about the 2023 Keynote and Guest Speakers during the application period.

Tuition for the 2023 cycle is $300. Thanks to generous funding from Critical Minded, Burnaway will consider additional needs-based support for selected participants that indicate.

For program inquiries, please email [email protected].


Major funding for this organization and the 2023 Art Writing Incubator is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

The 2023 edition of the Art Writing Incubator project is supported by Critical Minded, an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation.