Summer Craft Intensive: Asa Drake


Editor's Note

Developing Your Critical Voice with the Book Review with Asa Drake
Sunday, August 4tth
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Looking to become a more active literary citizen? Book reviews not only expand the reach of newly published work, they support the publishing ecosystem, allowing librarians and teachers to justify the purchase and inclusion of contemporary work within syllabi and collections. For emerging writers, they can be an important tool for establishing a critical voice and building confidence in a personal aesthetic.

In this generative workshop, we’ll cover essential elements of long and short form reviews, with a special focus on essay-length reviews. We’ll also address practical aspects of writing criticism including choosing work to review, finding a home for your critical essay, and ethical considerations that will help you respond not only to work you love but to factors that impact how that work is read. Come having read an advanced reader copy of your choice or receive one through the class!

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO: Asa Drake is a Filipina American writer and public services librarian in Central Florida. She is a recipient of 92Y’s Discovery Poetry Contest and Idyllwild Arts’ Writers Week fellowship. Her poems are published or forthcoming with The Adroit Journal, Copper Nickel and The Paris Review Daily. You can find her on Twitter @AsaLDrake.