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Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

How to write about art and make money from it

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Expert advice on analysing art and getting your work into print, from art writer Edgar Tijhuis and Dr Diane Fortenberry, senior editor at Phaidon Press.

Whether your writing is academic, creative or journalistic, this seminar will help you analyse art with a new clarity and verve. Led by art writer and scholar Edgar Tijhuis, the class offers guidance on describing art from different perspectives, plus in-depth advice on the mechanics of getting books and articles published.

Over the course of the day, you’ll develop your intellectual and critical thinking, and receive invaluable insights into the publishing industry. The class includes a talk from Dr Diane Fortenberry, senior editor at specialist creative arts publishers Phaidon, who will share tips on writing a successful book proposal, as well as a segment with bestselling author Dr Noah Charney.

Book your place now and spend the day learning how to write about art and get your writing into print.


  • The history of thinking and writing about art, from Pliny to the present day
  • How to bring art to life through words 
  • Writing about art from various angles, including academic, journalistic, non-fiction and fiction perspectives
  • Pitching story ideas to editors and making money from your writing
  • An overview of the editorial process and advice on getting paid for your writing
  • How to write successful proposals for books related to art
  • Q&A and discussion

Tutor profiles

Edgar Tijhuis regularly publishes in the European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, Fine Dining Lovers, Plugin Magazine, the Journal of Art Crime and other media. Among other subjects, he writes about art-related crimes, copyright, literature and sustainability. Edgar's PhD dissertation was published by Wolf Legal Publishers and is standard reading on art crime. He is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and an independent consultant in Amsterdam.

Dr Diane Fortenberry is a senior editor at Phaidon Press, the premier global publisher of books relating to the creative arts.

Guest speaker

Dr Noah Charney is a professor of art history and an internationally bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. He is adjunct professor of art history at the American University of Rome and a visiting lecturer for Brown University. Noah has also written for the Guardian, the LA Times, Esquire and many other publications. Find out more on his website.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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