Critical Circle Workshop Application:
Information and Guidelines

We are looking forward to this summer’s sections of the Annulet Critical Circle: Critical Writing Workshop!
Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications open for next summer’s session will open on June 1st, 2025.

Application Information

  • There is no cost to participate: this workshop is free.
  • We have spots available for 4 writers.
  • This workshop dialogue will be nonhierarchical, which at a glance means: though it is facilitated by Annulet’s editor, Alicia Wright, each workshop participant is expected to contribute as equal peers with one another, thinking together about each writer’s work. 
  • Rather than submit previously polished work, please prepare to write a new essay, which will be drafted, discussed, and will receive both granular and developmental edits from every participant.
  • Writers at any stage of their career, green or seasoned, are welcome: please have at minimum a working familiarity with both scholarly and literary critical writing.
  • The deadline to send your application is Monday, June 5th, 2023, at 11:59 PST.
  • Please only apply if you can confirm you will be able to attend each meeting.
  • The first essay to be distributed to the circle for feedback will be due on July 1st: as you prepare your essay proposal, consider that you might be the one to go first.

What your application should include

  • In your email, subject line: “Critical Circle Application: [Your Name]”, please include as one PDF attachment, each of these three parts per individual page:  a brief bio note (page 1), a 100-250 word proposal (page 2) describing the essay you’d like to write, and 1-2 samples of your critical writing (begin on page 3), whether published (if published, please note the outlet) or as yet unpublished. If one or more of your sample pieces appear online, feel free to include link(s) in the body text of your email, or to link to your website which lists your publications, if applicable. Preference will not be given based on number or rate of publications.
  • Word count for your sample(s) should be between 1000 to 2500 words.
  • Applicants are encouraged to propose essays in one of Annulet's particular essay categories, with an emphasis on annulets and garlands. Please visit our Submissions page for a detailed description of what each essay form entails.

All applicants were notified by Saturday, June 10th.