Apprenticeship Application

APPRENTICESHIP:  Registrations for the 2022-2023 Apprenticeship is now open!


Please note: The application fee for the Apprenticeship is now $50 (regularly $75.) Why are we doing this?

To apply for the CiRCE Apprenticeship complete the application to the right and pay the application fee. Please select the program for which you wish to apply by using the drop down. After your application is received, we will contact you to inquire if you would like your application offered in more than one Head Mentor's applicant pool. Here, choose your first choice, and more can be added later.

Please scan and email a hand-written autobiographical essay (1-2 pages) that explains your interest in this program to:

The CiRCE Apprenticeship
c/o Andrea Lipinski
[email protected]

Usually we receive them in the mail, but with most of us working from home, the mailbox could sit for some time.
81 McCachern Blvd SE
Concord, NC 28025

Choose a group to apply to (click on each group to see locations, retreat dates, and monthly meeting times):

"Any Group" - Will put you in the applicant pool for all head mentors, and may require travel to areas farther from where you live.
East Coast - Matt Bianco
East Coast - Buck Holler
East Coast - Heather Shirley
Gulf Coast - Renee Mathis
Rocky Mountain - Andrea Lipinski
Midwest - Molly Rychener
Mid-Atlantic - Christine Mooradian

If you are applying to the Latin Apprenticeship with Buck Holler, please choose the Tirocinium Latinum group in the dropdown list.

* Tirocinium Latinum meets near Charlotte, NC. Webinars on Mondays (1st Years, 6-7 pm ET) (2nd Years, 7-8 pm ET)  and Thursdays (2nd Years, 5-6pm ET)
* Summer retreat: July 18 - 23, 2022 | Winter retreat: Feb 20 - 24, 2023
Note: We realize that the application questions on the Lost Tools of Writing and literature do not pertain to the Latin Apprenticeship, aka the Tirocinium Latinum. Please respond to the appropriate questions, and send your essay to the above address. We will contact you shortly after your application is submitted about the next step.

If you are applying to the Curriculum Development Graduate Program with Dr. Matthew Bianco, please choose the Graduate Program group in the dropdown list.

  • Retreats in Concord, NC Aug 8-12, 2022; Feb 22-25, 2023. Monthly calls to be determined.
  • You do not need to submit a hand-written essay for this group. Instead, please email your curriculum proposal to [email protected].
Please mail a hand-written autobiographical essay (1-2 pages) that explains your interest in this program. Include why you want to become an apprentice.
How do you plan to teach The Lost Tools of Writing over the next year and three years? at home to a spouse or child, at school to students or fellow teachers, or someplace else?
Please acknowledge that you have a computer with high speed internet, video, microphone, and speaker to participate in our online teaching and literature discussions as well as submit assignments online.