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Writing Critical Essays and Reviews

Intermediate | As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic. Or are they? Students interested in criticism—literary, music, cultural—will explore the art of critical writing by reading the work of others and producing their own writing. Class work will include discussing reading (book/music reviews, critical essays) and producing a creative portfolio; we will explore what makes a critical essay successful. Students will produce several short essays culminating in a final long-form critical piece.

Instructor: Kevin O'Rourke

Class Type: 4 Sessions


Term: Winter 2019

Start Date: 02/25/2019

End Date: 03/18/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kevin O'Rourke

Originally from Philadelphia, Kevin O’Rourke lives in Seattle, where he works in book publishing. He studied art at Kenyon College and writing at the University of Minnesota. His first book, the essay collection As If Seen at an Angle, was published by Tinderbox Editions.

Other creative work has appeared in Big Muddy Journal, Cobalt Review, and Seneca Review, among others. He is also an active book critic and a regular contributor to Michigan Quarterly Review. His writing is supported by a grant from 4Culture.

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