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SESSION 9: LET'S GET CRITICAL

CREATIVE POP-CULTURE WRITING

INSTRUCTOR: CARL WILSON
WHEN: Tuesday, November 6 - Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 5
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $495 + HST*

We often think of reviews as part of the bustle of pop-culture making and reaction, especially online. But criticism can be a rich creative genre in its own right, across media. It can take risks and have high stylistic ambitions, and above all it can be about meaning (personal, social, political) and how we make and find it. Plus jokes. In this workshop, students will look at and discuss examples to aspire to, explore a range of approaches, write their own pieces, and critique each other in turn. The instructor specializes in music writing, but these methods should also apply to writing and talking about movies, TV, comics, gaming, books, theatre, etc.

CARL WILSON is the music critic for Slate and author of the acclaimed book Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste. His work also has appeared in The New York TimesThe Globe and MailHazlitt, and many other publications. He’s taught in the University of Victoria’s creative-writing program, and is part of the team behind Toronto’s own Trampoline Hall Lecture Series.

*Limited seats will be available at a reduced rate of $250 + HST, You can apply for one of these spots under the Fee field on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.