How to be a critic: A journalism masterclass with Rachel Aroesti

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Freelancer Rachel Aroesti leads this masterclass that will demonstrate how you can turn your favourite pastime into a career as a critic

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Whether it’s because you love something or hate it, building a review out of an experience is something that many of us have fantasised - or even acted upon, albeit on TripAdvisor. Be honest: how many times have you eaten at a restaurant, watched a film at the cinema, or attended an art exhibition, and thought: I would love to write about this.

In this interactive online masterclass, with freelance writer Rachel Aroesti, you will learn how to turn your passions into a career as a critic, including what ‘criticism’ in the journalistic sense means, the importance of finding your narrative style, the difference between argument and opinion, and how to pitch your ideas to editors.

Suitable for anyone who has dreamed of turning a pastime into paid work, this unique workshop will equip you with the knowledge and writing tools to build out your learnings into the real world.

Course Content

  • What is criticism?
  • Finding your narrative voice and style - the importance of authenticity
  • The difference between argument and opinion
  • Writing for an audience
  • How to craft compelling reviews and essential components
  • Looking beyond the review
  • Pitching ideas to editors
  • What is the role of the critic in 2021?
  • Making a living out of criticism: getting access, placing your work, and finding your niche
  • Interactive class discussions
  • Q&A

This course is for ...

  • Beginners who are interested in writing criticism and want to know more about crafting compelling reviews
  • Writers who want to understand the landscape for criticism and how to make a living in the field

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6pm (BST).

Tutor Profile

Rachel Aroesti is a freelance writer and editor specialising in pop culture. Between 2014 and 2018 she worked as an editor at The Guardian, initially on The Guide, and later on the music desk. See her Guardian profile here.

Course Details

  • Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021
  • Time: 6pm-8.30pm (BST)

6.00pm BST | 7.00pm CEST | 10.00am PDT | 1.00pm EDT

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

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