This free workshop with John McAuliffe is designed for participants who are new to reviewing poetry.
Reviews bring news to readers about books: they announce fresh talents, make the argument for one kind of poem (or against another!), find new ways of reading classic poets, and also themselves entertain and inform their reader.
This workshop aimed at people new to reviewing poetry will take place via Zoom on Saturday 19 September from 3pm - 5pm. Over the course of two hours, participants will explore questions of style, tone, and value as a reviewer, as well as more practical things such as pitching to journals, how best to quote poems, and how to cite publishers. Selected participants will be sent a copy of a book and asked to draft a short review, which will be circulated for discussion on the day.
We strongly encourage applications to this workshop from women, people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and people with disabilities who are currently underrepresented in poetry criticism.
In order to apply, please send a brief statement (approximately 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your interest in this workshop. Deadline: Sunday 30 August
John McAuliffe is a poet, an editor, chief poetry critic at The Irish Times and co-director of the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.