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Critical Writing: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Walters
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Book Description

There’s much more to the critic’s craft than sharing an opinion, no matter how acerbic, hilarious or controversial it may be. How do you go about rising above the online noise? Does print criticism still exist? What’s the best way to reach readers? And what part should the critic play in social media conversations?

In ‘Critical Writing: A 60-Minute Masterclass’, Guardian film critic Ben Walters looks at how the best critics share their passions, enlighten their audience and make the cultural world a better place. He explores the realities of turning pro, how to find your niche, and how to establish your own online platform. Whether you’re an outspoken blogger, a budding journalist, or a keyboard warrior, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the theory behind criticism and how to put it into practice.

‘Critical Writing’ covers:

+ Criticism in the 21st century
+ What is criticism?
+ How to construct a review
+ Why following your passions is better for your criticism and your career
+ How to make money out of criticism
+ The pros and cons of ratings and awards

60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4595 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Guardian (13 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to being a critic. 12 Aug. 2014
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Okay, I've just finished Ben Walter's guide to Critical Writing so let's see if it works...

As part of the Guardian's '60 Minute Masterclass' series this little ebook gives us the basics of what critics do, how we can do it ourselves and (possibly) get paid for our trouble.

Walter's is well qualified for the job. A respected critic himself (I've been the subject of his attention on more than one occasion) and largely admired for his nurturing approach, he's the ideal guide. He sees his work as a vital part of the creative process, considering artistes and critics as bedfellows rather than opponents.

It's a quick read (as the series title suggests) but there is enough to get you started. When reviewing a show he suggests we ask ourselves, “What is interesting about this work?” Just saying I don't like it isn't good enough. He says, “An opinion can be shrugged off, an argument must be rebutted.”

We've all got an opinion. With blogs, Twitter and Facebook there is no shortage of forums to voice it. If you want that voice to be more coherent and constructive read this book. It's one hour very well spent.
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