Instructor: William Bushnell
Date & Time: Saturday, October 4 AND Saturday, October 25 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: Auburn Public Library
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $80 | Nonmember $135
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Writers need readers. And all handsome book covers, eye-catching advertisements, and slick marketing campaigns aside, nothing attracts a reader to a book like a captivating, well-written book review. With this in mind, the MWPA is committed to engaging and educating a new army of book reviewers for publication in newspapers, magazines, and blogs in both Maine and beyond. Writers who attended our 2011 Book Review Brigade workshop have already gone on to write for the Christian Science Monitor, ForeWord Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, New Maine Times, The Writer, and other media outlets.
Freelance writer and reviewer William D. Bushnell has developed a two-session workshop that will introduce participants to the fundamentals of effective book-review writing, including tips on finding paid work reviewing books. Over the course of this two-session workshop, participants will prepare a professional book review, collectively critique one another’s work, and complete the workshop with a finished review that is ready for submission to a publication.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Bill Bushnell has been a professional book reviewer for more than twenty years, publishing more than 2400 book reviews in 35 magazines and newspapers. He reviews fiction and non-fiction, everything from history, biographies, science, nature, and current issues to westerns, mysteries, historical fiction, and children’s books. His reviews have appeared in Library Journal, Maine Times, Civil War magazine, Military History magazine, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Brunswick Times Record, and the Sun newspapers. He currently writes regular review columns for three Maine newspapers (Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, and New Maine Times) and two national magazines (Publishers Weekly and Military Officer), publishing 100 reviews a year. He is a long-time member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He taught a class on book reviewing at USM for eleven years, and now teaches the class for the MWPA. He has also served as a judge for the Maine Reader’s Choice Award for fiction. He lives in Harpswell, and still believes that books are life, but television is just furniture.
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
> DEADLINE: Monday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
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