Writing Workshop

The Art Writing Workshop—a partnership between the Arts Writers Grant Program and the International Art Critics Association/USA Section (AICA/USA)—gives practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one email and phone consultations with leading art critics. Focusing on the craft of writing, the workshop will use participants’ writing samples as a springboard for an in-depth consideration of such issues as voice, prose style, organizational structure, and argumentation. Ten applicants are chosen to participate each year.

Each selected writer is paired with a senior AICA/USA critic who serves as the workshop leader. Working over the internet and by phone, the workshop leader communicates with the writer: defining goals, evaluating current writing projects, and making substantial suggestions for developing content, argument, and a compelling voice. 

Writing Workshop Program Director

Amei Wallach is an art critic and filmmaker. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, the Nation, Vanity Fair, and Smithsonian. She was on-air arts essayist for the PBS Newshour and chief art critic for Newsday. Her film, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here, debuted at Film Forum in New York and is currently in international release. With the late Marion Cajori, she co-directed the 2008 film portrait, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine. She has served as guest editor for the Brooklyn Rail, contributed to a dozen books, was visiting critic at Syracuse University, and organizes panels internationally. In the interest of international artistic cross-pollination and exchange, she serves on the board of CEC ArtsLink.

To learn about past grant recipients and/or to apply to participate, please visit artswriters.org.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.

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