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Masterclass: The Art and Craft of Book Reviewing - Paula Morris - UOA

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This masterclass will help you sharpen your skills as a book reviewer.

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Masterclass: The Art and Craft of Book Reviewing

Paula Morris, University of Auckland

This two-hour seminar, taught by Paula Morris and Tom Moody, reviews editor for the Academy of NZ Literature, is a practical guide to long and short reviews: research, note-taking, layout, structure, using quotations, presenting an argument, and writing informative, shapely reviews that are more than plot summaries or over-personal musing. Our focus is fiction and nonfiction (with a brief section on poetry reviewing).

Registered participants will receive a PDF of review samples in advance, as well as links to best-practice examples. Afterwards you'll receive a recording of the session, plus slides.

When: Sunday 13th February 2022 from 10:00am – 12.00pm


A Zoom link will be forwarded to you on Friday 11th February 2022 and again 30 minutes before the masterclass on Sunday (please check your "Spam" folder if you don't see it in your Inbox.

Please could you join the waiting room between 9.45am and 9.55am on Sunday 13th February 2022, so there's enough time to check everyone in.)

Cost of the masterclass is $60, including GST and Eventbrite fee; or $100, which includes all of the above plus personal feedback and edits on a sample book review written after the masterclass.

Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whatua) is an award-winning novelist, story writer and essayist. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she directs the Masters in Creative Writing programme at the University of Auckland.

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