Writing the Book Review with Oscar Villalon (Sunday, Oct 21)


Instructor: Oscar Villalon

Contact: oscar_villalon2000@yahoo.com

Number of Sessions: 1

Meeting Time: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dates: October 21

Course fee: $75, $50 deposit required.  Bagels, juice, coffee provided!

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

 Description: What’s the point of a book review? Within a literary community, what role do book reviews serve? And what makes a review something more than a book report? ZYZZYVA managing editor and former San Francisco Chronicle book editor Oscar Villalon will discuss and illustrate what makes for a smart, entertaining book review. He explains what works best in longer and shorter reviews, what to keep in mind when assessing a book, and how to structure your review. (Examples and a reading list will be provided.) And he’ll give you advice on getting your reviews published, both online and in print.

Instructor bio: Oscar Villalon’s reviews have appeared in VQR, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR.org and on the radio for KQED’s The California Report. He serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and is a past juror for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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