Do you want to have a better understanding of reading and critiquing poetry? Do you want to know how to write good book reviews? This workshop unravels the ‘imagined mysteries’ of reading poetry, so you can bring your favourite poetry book with you as a basis for discussion and any questions/issues you may have. This will be a practical based workshop with each participant given a new poetry book.
Introduction: How to Write A Good Book ReviewFirst, what is a good book review and why do people want them?You have just read a book and are offering your opinion. Essentially, you are providing a mini-version of the book so some reader can decide for themselves if it's worth their money and time. A book review is a description, analysis, and evaluation of a book. It talks about the quality, meaning, and significance of a book. It isn't just a short, 6 paragraph retelling. It's not a book report or a summary. It's your reaction to the strengths and weaknesses of the material. It's how you felt about the book's purpose, content, and authority. There is no right or wrong way to write a book review. Book reviews are personal and reflect your opinion. There is no minimum or maximal length. If you're writing one for an Amazon, you will need to be concise and to the point - but if you are writing for a magazine, you could run 1500 words or more. One way to write it is to state what the author has tried to do, compare (in your opinion) how that author succeeded, and back it up with evidence.
How to Write a Good Book Review - Buzzle
Part 3:How to Write a Good Book Review: Revisions and Wrapping it up.Our concern here is writing for the high-speed world of the Internet. Your review can be published as a blog or an article - or even a comment on Amazon or some other online bookseller. In any case, the Internet has a memory which doesn't quit.You want to make sure you don't have spelling errors. Grammar is a second thought - but remember, writing for the web often throws out the most polished and correct Academic prose in favor of reaching your audience and getting them to buy (or ignore) the book you're reviewing.While most articles on book reviews say to write it carefully, set it aside, and then come back for your revisions - often you don't have this luxury in an online review. Your keynote is speed and accuracy. While it's good to review it after you write, your break will more than likely be one to the refrigerator, to your e-mail, or to another blog post. Your break is in terms of minutes, not days. Then come back and look for obvious errors to correct. Look at it from the viewpoint of your potential reader, not your own. Then change it only if it helps your reader understand what you're trying to get across.If you're happy with it, publish it. That simple. Revise until happy.Once you've done a few of these and submitted them, you can start posting book reviews all over the place - and with your byline, it will raise your credibility. That credibility is essential to any marketing or promotion you are doing. If you post your book reviews on article directories, they'll come to your site to find out more about you. Or, preferably, opt-in to your mailing list or RSS feed so they can get more information from you on a regular basis.