How to write ‘Riveting Reviews’? Free workshop for aspiring reviewers

HOW TO WRITE ‘RIVETING REVIEWS’? FREE WORKSHOP for ASPIRING REVIEWERS (print, online & broadcast, especially reviewers of international fiction in English)

On Feb 1st we are inviting all of you interested in improving your book reviewing skills, specifically of international literature, to attend our afternoon workshop. The workshop will be run by journalist, broadcaster and critic Rosie Goldsmith, originator of “RivetingReviews” and Director of the European Literature Network.

Our trainers/speakers include: Boyd Tonkin, writer and reviewer of the Economist, FT, Spectator; formerly Books Editor of the Independent, Claire Armitstead, Books Editor of The Guardian, Samanatha Schnee of Words Without Borders, Meike Ziervogel, publisher of Peirene Press and author, and several other professional writers and reviewers, including our own regular RivetingReviewers, Max Easterman and West Camel.

This is an informal but informative workshop run by professional colleagues giving their time for free (and more colleagues are still welcome to join us). It will comprise an afternoon workshop with several speakers and short talks (15 minute slots – a kind of SpeedDating Reviewing workshop!); demonstrations, some practice and some preaching on various aspects of reviewing – online, on paper and in the broadcast media. Bring books you’d like to review, bring reviews you like and dislike, bring your own. Bring exercises. We’ll have ‘proper authors’ telling us how they perceive and experience reviews of their work. The best reviews will be published online on our monthly #RivetingReviews.

European Literature Network has a ‘mission’ to help promote International Literature in English. We ran a similar free workshop in June 2016 for those people interested in better PR and promotion for translated literature. It was great fun and a great success.

#RivetingReviews is a monthly online review ‘magazine’ with the express intention of getting more translated literature reviewed. #RivetingReviews are different. They are fresh, clever, witty, honest and always professional; they are totally dependent on journalists, reviewers, writers and other colleagues contributing expertise and passion to our independent, non-commercial online magazine of European writing. You might have ideas how we might improve our reviews and review pages – you are always welcome!

The workshop takes place on 1 February, 2pm-5pm (followed by our regular European Literature Network meeting) at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. It’s free, but booking is required.


Rosie The Riveter!

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