Brooklyn, NY • Saturday, December 1
I like to think of literature and criticism as an act of pushing something forward, of mapping new terrains, internal and external, of doing things with language that reveal something about what it means to read and to live.
Explore the writer-critic relationship from the critic’s point of view—and how you can use that insight to strengthen and hone your own writing—in this one-session workshop with New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal. In this class, we will explore the meaning and possibilities of close reading, and why—in the age of screens, scans, and skims—engaging deeply and expansively with an author’s work is more essential than ever. We will discuss why we read what we read; and what it can tell us about who we are as a society, and as readers ourselves. Expect to leave with an awareness of how a seasoned critic views the literary landscape.
Parul Sehgal is a book critic at the New York Times, where she has reviewed such authors as Machado de Assis, Terrance Hayes, and Dorthe Nors. Previously a columnist and senior editor at the New York Times Book Review, she has also published work in the Atlantic, Bookforum, and the New Yorker. She was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism.
Saturday, December 1
2:00 - 5:00 pm
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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