This workshop will consider ideas about style, tone, structure and engagement when writing arts reviews. Whether you are aiming to write criticism for magazines, journals, your personal blog or the local paper, the workshop aims to get you thinking in imaginative ways about how to critique and meaningfully engage with works of art.
Participants will explore the toolkit for the expression of critical opinion in prose, and look at how to identify intriguing avenues of discussion. The day will have a slight emphasis on book criticism but will also cover writing about music, film and TV and the visual arts.
The workshop will also touch on the changing role of criticism in contemporary culture and how its format and style is expanding as a result of digital publishing.
Participants are welcome to bring along critical writing projects they are working on for discussion.
Barnaby Smith‘s criticism of music, books, film and art has appeared in publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Australian Book Review, The Quietus, the ABC, NME, The Big Issue, Southerly, The Lifted Brow, Metro, Art Guide Australia, Art Almanac, Real Time Arts, Art + Australia and others. In 2018 he won the Scarlett Award for art criticism. He is also the editor of northerly magazine, the official publication of Byron Writers Festival.
Date: Tuesday 30 July Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Cost: $120 General / $100 Members