Arts Writing Fellowship


The DC Arts Writing Fellowship is designed to support the transition of early career arts writers to the profession. Through the paid Fellowship, early career arts writers develop a portfolio of published work, and receive structured and unstructured mentoring from established writers. Mentors for the Fellowship include Sarah Kaufman (Washington Post, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism), Maura Judkis (Washington Post), John Anderson (Washington City Paper.)

The work of the Fellows is archived, post-publication, at

Connected to the Fellowship, Day Eight is producing an Arts Writing Colloquia. Click here to register.


Fellowship Details

The 2018 Fellowship period is January 15 – May 1, 2018. Fellows will write approximately ten articles (500-1200 words in length), and a stipend of $1700 is provided. The majority of the articles are expected to be arts criticism (review or preview) but pieces may take a variety of forms. In 2018 selected Fellows will be embedded with Tagg Magazine, DC Theatre Scene, or The Northwest Current.

The project was founded in 2016 through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018 the project is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts.

In addition to the core responsibilities, fellows are expected to:

  1. manage the Artapedia social media and publication channels, and their person channels, to support readership of articles produced;
  2. participate in structured and unstructured mentoring with the fellowship mentors and directors;
  3. participate in the connected Arts Writing Conference to be held Saturday March 24, 2018.

The DC Arts Writing Fellowship is produced by the non-profit Day Eight, founded by Robert Bettmann. The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects.

Application Details

The selected applicants will have:

  • demonstrate expertise writing about one of the following areas: music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, performance art, or literature
  • familiarity with desktop publishing and graphic design software programs
  • professional social media presence and/or experience
  • experience managing resources or otherwise taking responsibility for direct work products
  • demonstrated passion for arts journalism

To apply applicants must provide: 1) a resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) a sample article written by the applicant.

Directors for the Fellowship program include Robert Bettmann, Ebone Bell, David Ramos, John Anderson, Patrick Cavanaugh, and Mark Lieberman.

The application period for the spring 2018 fellowship closed November 28, 2017 at midnight.