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The KCAIC Critical Writing Initiative is designed to increase the capacity and quality of arts writing in Kansas and throughout the region. The program is predicated on a belief in the importance of written criticism and thoughtful arts inquiry to a robust creative ecosystem.

The four-month program, offered at no cost for participants, is composed of two parts: a workshop period and a mentorship period. The workshop period will consist of eight virtual sessions held on Saturdays from July 9–Aug. 27. During these sessions, the participants will have the opportunity to learn and receive feedback from established critics and arts writers. Participants will complete weekly writing assignments and participate in critiques designed to strengthen critical and writing skills.

During the mentorship period, each participant will be paired with a mentor who will provide support, coaching and feedback on one or two paid writing opportunities. Each participant will meet with their mentor virtually or in person four times over the course of the mentorship period. There will also be group check-ins scheduled during this time.

The program is designed for emerging arts critics, but more established writers may also apply. Participants will leave the program with a strengthened professional network, strategies for and experience in covering multiple arts and culture topics, knowledge about how to pitch freelance stories, a byline in a KCAIC publication, and one more clip for their writing portfolio.

Please contact kcaic@ks.gov with any questions.

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