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Writing the Bomb @#$ Book Review | 4-Week Online Writing Workshop

Rochelle Spencer Saturdays, March 5-26
1p-3p ET
10a-12p PT
12p-2p CT
4 class sessions

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We're writers because we love books, but what conversations should books generate? In revolutionary times, how do we write revolutionary and relevant book reviews?

Writing the Bomb @#$ Book Review will examine how we can protest on the page and make coffee with the ink from our pens. We will fight; we will study ferocious writers and create our reviews with a mighty keyboard. Be prepared to burn down old paradigms, dismantle the system, and resist previous power structures. We are going to war. This class will be an exercise in courage.

All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

Meet Your Instructor:
Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle is author of AfroSurrealism (Routledge 2019), and co-editor, with Jina Ortiz, of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2014). Her work appears in The Believer, TriQuarterly, Callaloo, the African American Review, Solstice, Poets and Writers, Arts.Black, Apogee, The Millions, Mosaic, the Women's Review of Books, Lithub, Chicago Litterati, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Easy Street, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Art Practical. She is a former board member of the Hurston Wright Foundation and a current member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Course Takeaways

  • We will rediscover love...we will soar as we elevate each other; we will provide each other with wings and a warm environment for sharing work
  • We will read reviews that celebrate the possibilities of books
  • We will write beautiful, courageous reviews and write a pitch letter for our work
  • We will perhaps have tea or coffee...after she receives her first paycheck, Rochelle plans to mail a cup of coffee or tea to each student

Course Expectations

  • Each week, we'll spend time reading and discussing work
  • Please share; please talk; please treat everyone in the class kindly

Course Skeleton

  • Week 1: Overview - The Dangerous Book Review;
  • Week 2: Book Reviews of the Past, Present, and Future
  • Week 3: Essential Actions: The Ethics of Writing (and Revising?) the Review
  • Week 4: For Further Consideration