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Writing about Books, Movies, TV, & Music

Sunday, February 10, 2019

3:00PM - 6:00PM

$60 New Student | $45 Returning

Live Stream Available


Today, everyone’s a critic. We all have opinions about books and movies and TV, and arguing about what they mean for our shared cultural life has become a significant pastime in its own right. In this seminar, we will work on writing essays that follow the pattern, familiar to anyone who reads online culture sites, “What _____ tells us about _____.” We’ll focus on the craft of culture writing by charting the moves that established writers make in their essays, and we will practice making them ourselves. This seminar will offer answers to questions like:

  • What is the difference between a review and cultural criticism?

  • What are some structures for online essays about culture?

  • What role does timing play in cultural criticism, and how does the passage of time following a cultural event determine the genre, style, and often length of a work of criticism?

  • How can I build up the two most essential things for any cultural critic: a perspective, and expertise?

  • How can I lean into the “limitations” of my expertise or access and transform them into strengths for my writing on culture?

    Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

    • Jonathan Malesic, Presenter

    • Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

    • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

    Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.


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Instructor Jonathan Malesic’s first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square (Brazos, 2009) won the gold medal for religion in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. His essays have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hedgehog Review, America, Commonweal, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. He has participated in the Collegeville Institute’s Writing Workshops and the Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference. He teaches in the Discernment and Discourse program at SMU.