2024 Art Writing Incubator Jun 23 - Jul 27, 2024 Online

AWrI 2024 Dates: June 22 – July 27 (excluding July 6)
Applications are now open! Deadline is May 3.

Public Talks will be held on June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, and July 27 at noon EST. The Keynote speaker date is to be announced (one weeknight). The program hours for the cohort are 11AM-2PM EST on Saturdays.


Public Talks:

Sat June 22 – 12PM EST: TBA

Sat June 29 – 12PM EST: TBA

Sat July 13 – 12PM EST: TBA


Sat July 20 – 12 PM EST: TBA

Sat July 27 – 12 PM EST: Blas Falconer

The Art Writing Incubator is an annual online writing intensive, which cultivates the next generation of critics and art writers through a series of workshops with leading culture writers and artists from around the world and one-on-one tutorials with Burnaway’s editors. Much of the program is funded by Critical Minded, which supports emerging writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers in rural communities. 

The Art Writing Incubator theme this year is Process is Critical. The 2024 AWrI will examine process as more than a means to an end for artists and writers. Instead, process is rehearsal, reaction, reflection. It is re-writing and re-examining. The incubator will consider how sharing process in criticism offers revelation.

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 2024 Art Writing Incubator will be held virtually. Applications, available April 1st, are open to anyone over the age of 18 with a connection to our coverage area – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and The Caribbean. 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 2024 Keynote and Guest Speakers during the application period.

Tuition for the 2024 cycle is $275. Thanks to generous funding from Critical Minded, Burnaway will consider additional needs-based support for selected participants that indicate.

There will be a Q&A session on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 7-7:45 PM EDT.

For program inquiries, please email [email protected].

Learn more about the application process with our Art Writing Incubator Application Toolkit.


Major funding for this organization and the 2024 Art Writing Incubator is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

The 2024 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.