Ruth Franklin | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, October 7, 2021

Better Writing Through Criticism

In this Master Class taught by book critic Ruth Franklin, we’ll examine how thinking and writing critically about art and culture can deepen our practice as creative writers. We’ll consider the works of art we’re most drawn to, past and present—books, film, paintings, photographs—and how thinking through them can give us a new perspective on our own work. The class will also explore the process of creating a “culture diary” of our responses to the art we consume on a daily basis, from books and museum exhibitions to podcasts, television, and more.

Ruth Franklin is the author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. A book critic and former editor at The New Republic, she is the recipient of Guggenheim, Leon Levy, and Cullman Fellowships. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, and Harper’s.

Course Schedule
Thursday, October 7, 2021
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
1 session
Online on Zoom

A limited number of scholarships will be offered for this Master Class. To apply, please email with the subject “Master Class Scholarship Application” 1) a short statement outlining your interest in this class, and how a scholarship would benefit you as a writer or a reader; and 2) a short bio. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Cost: $85.00

Online, Zoom
United States

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