Crafting Arts Criticism

Crafting Arts Criticism

Who: Anwen Crawford
Saturday 24 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Emerging

They say that everyone’s a critic, but what kind of skills does it take to write arts criticism? What separates a lively and effective piece of criticism from an ineffective one? 

In this workshop we’ll look at examples of published arts criticism, and also at students’ work-in-progress. Through these examples we will consider critical writing in terms of the structure of a critic’s argument, and examine how an argument is built sentence by sentence through vocabulary, voice and pacing. We will consider the importance of research and readership, and devote some time to the hows and whys of pitching arts criticism to publications.

The writing principles that we examine in this workshop are applicable to arts criticism in general (music, film, television, literature, visual art, etc). The workshop will suit interested writers who have yet to publish their arts criticism, or who have limited experience in doing so.

Participant Requirements
Optional: Submit a 500-word review of a recent work (book, film, performance, etc) two weeks before the workshop. You will receive feedback and may have the opportunity to further develop the piece during writing exercises in the workshop.

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About the tutor
Anwen Crawford is the music critic for the Monthly magazine. Her critical writing on music, film, television and books has appeared in publications including Australian Book Review, the AgeFrieze, The Best Australian Essays and the New Yorker. She is the recipient of the 2016 NSW Writer’s Fellowship. Her book Live Through This was published in 2015 by Bloomsbury.


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