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Special Topics in Nonfiction

How to Write Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 8th from 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Are you an avid reader? Want to voice your opinions through well-crafted book reviews? In this fun, interactive class, you’ll read samples of different styles of book reviews. We’ll look at how writers handle voice and criticism and use various styles of reviewing, including the increasingly popular personal essay review. We’ll read examples from Dinty Moore, Jennifer Ochstein, James Wood, and others. You’ll draft the beginning of a review, which we’ll then discuss in class. Plus, we’ll look at opportunities to sell and publish.

Part of GrubStreet's Special Topics in the Nonfiction, a group of classes dedicated to exploring different craft elements of creative nonfiction. For more class offerings, click here.


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Debbie Hagan
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Previous Students Say

  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "Very Well-Organized"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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