There are two program cycles per year, in spring and fall.

Each program cycle consists of six in-person sessions, spread over five months. Additional work in the form of reading and writing assignments take place between in-person gatherings. All sessions take place on Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Participants must be able to attend all six sessions to receive the full benefit of the program. Absences are strongly discouraged.


This program is open to all who want to improve their critical writing skills, but is intended for writers who are early in their careers, so those who are already working in the field or extensively published might find it too elementary. Backgrounds in different academic disciplines and life experiences are encouraged. Currently enrolled university students are welcome to apply. The emphasis of the program is on writing about visual art, but those interested in writing about performing arts, design, or architecture will also benefit.

Participants may be based anywhere, but please note that all six sessions will be held in Richmond, VA. Any travel expenses incurred by participants are their own responsibility.

Writers who represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.


The program fee is $250, which must be received before the first session. Participants who drop out after the start of the program will not receive a fee refund.