Parul Sehgal: Master Class

Brooklyn, NY August 22, 2018

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.

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at general@apublicspace.org.

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.

Course Schedule
Saturday, November 10
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
1 session
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Elizabeth Gaffney: The Novel Workshop

Brooklyn, NY September 19 – November 28

This semester's Novel Workshop is for writers with a substantially, nearly or fully complete draft of their novels. Each writer will have the opportunity to have their entire manuscript read and critiqued. As a parallel to close reading and line editing, class discussion will focus on arc, shape, characters, and plot development. The workshop will be limited to 10 writers.

In addition to a comprehensive critique of your manuscript, you will also receive an editorial letter from the instructor at the end of the workshop. Additionally, the workshop will offer an overview of the publishing industry, and detailed guidance on how to navigate the search for an agent and finding the right publisher for your book.

Note: Manuscripts may be up to 400 pages—8.5 x 11 page, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins. For longer books, please contact Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org before enrolling.

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Course Schedule
Thursdays
September 19 – November 28 (there is no class on November 21)
6:30 - 9:00 pm 10 sessions

Fee: $800
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States


Camille Rankine: Words in Action

Brooklyn, NY October 18 – November 15

Generate new work as we chart a course through the landscape of arts and action, and explore poetry, essay, fiction, and hybrid forms in your writing.

Can language be a catalyst for change? Can speech constitute action? In this workshop we will examine the ways in which the work of writing can be a space of political action and social engagement. Through reading and discussion, we'll investigate ideas of literary activism, and consider what responsibilities a writer may (or may not) have to their communities; and to address issues like injustice, inequality, violence, and the pressing concerns of our society today. We will explore how writers use form, voice, sound, and syntax to respond to political and social issues; and to create a stirring landscape that inspires, chills, and provokes.

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at general@apublicspace.org.

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. She is a visiting professor at The New School and lives in New York City.

Course Schedule
Thursdays
October 18 & 25; November 1 & 15 (skips November 8)
6:30 PM–9:00 PM
4 sessions
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

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