SESSION 1: LET'S GET CRITICAL
POP-CULTURE WRITING AS A CREATIVE FORM
INSTRUCTOR: CARL WILSON
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24 - Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 6
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $585 + HST*
Many writers use reviews as first bylines or fallback income, but great criticism is more than that. It’s a rich literary genre in its own right, and can explore the depths of life as much as any other form. Pop-culture writing, particularly, pinpoints common concerns just when they are most vital. But what separates good cultural criticism from bad? Superior taste, literary style, political perspective, jokes? How do you trust your own judgments, and then what do you do with them? And in an age of social media, is it worth the effort? This workshop will answer those questions through readings, discussion, and, above all, guiding your efforts to write your own reviews, essays, and analyses (and jokes). If you have arguments to make about music, movies, TV, comics, books or anything else, this course is for you.
CARL WILSON is the author of the acclaimed book Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste. He is the music critic for Slate, and has taught at the University of Victoria's creative writing program. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and many other publications. He is also part of the team behind Toronto’s own Trampoline Hall Lecture Series.
*Limited seats will be available at a reduced rate of $293 + HST, and in cases of greater financial need, $100 + HST. You can apply for one of these spots under the Fee field on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.