Richard was one of twenty non-fiction writers selected to participate in the Community of Writers Workshop in 2010 and 2011.
Richard Peterson is the author of Looking at Painting in Florence, 13th-16th Centuries. A Learner’s Handbook (Polistampa, Florence, 2014). The handbook is intended to bridge the gap between the guidebook and the serious academic text.
The book, is organized chronologically around the churches and cloisters, the principal museums and palaces that house the city's art
It is selling throughout Florence, including at the Uffizi, and can be found in the top universities in the US and cities in Europe. He is regular contributor to The Florentine, a magazine for expats living in Florence. He attended the Community of Writers in 2010 and 2011.