Writing About Books

w/ Declan Fry

The best writers are also great readers. In this course you will learn to read like a writer – discovering how to read a book closely in order to write reviews for publication and find ways to read to inspire your own creative writing.

Tuesday 12 October – Tuesday 26 October 2021 (3 Weeks), 6.30-8.30pm

$295 / $250 alumni

In this engaging new course, Declan Fry – a regular critic for the Saturday Paper, the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age – will guide you through close reading exercises that will help you pay attention to the details you will need to take from a book in order to form a convincing critique. How can you call upon your reading history to back up an opinion? How can you establish reading practices to improve your writing?

This course is designed to build your skills as both a reader and a writer. You will be shown ways that reading can inspire writing, discovering that reading is as much a generative exercise as writing itself.

Time and space will be given in class to produce creative responses to a series of set texts, while learning key lessons that you will be able to return to again in your writing practice.


Writers you'll be working with:

Declan Fry

Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, Declan Fry has written for The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Overland, Australian Book Review, Liminal, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings, Westerly and elsewhere. His Meanjin Quarterly essay “Justice for Elijah: A Spiritual Dialogue With Ziggy Ramo, Dancing” received a Peter Blazey Fellowship. He has been the recipient of a Lord Mayor’s…

Course outline

Session 1: Tuesday 12 October

  • Coming to the text
  • Reading around the text
  • Establishing a reading practice

Session 2: Tuesday 19 October

  • Freshness of voice
  • How reviews communicate
  • Avoiding cliché

Session 3: Tuesday 26 October

  • Publication
  • Following the conversation

How to Book

This course is currently booked out. Use the FREE booking button to join the waitlist and we will let you know if a place becomes available or if the course is scheduled to run again.