Do you want to write excellent book reviews?

This two-hour seminar, taught by Paula Morris and Tom Moody, reviews editor for the Academy of NZ Literature, is a practical guide to long and short reviews: research, note-taking, layout, structure, using quotations, presenting an argument, and writing informative, shapely reviews that are more than plot summaries or over-personal musing. Our focus is fiction and nonfiction (with a brief section on poetry reviewing).

Registered participants will receive a PDF of review samples in advance, as well as links to best-practice examples. Afterwards you’ll receive a recording of the session, plus slides.

When: Sunday 13th February 2022 from 10:00am – 12.00pm

Cost of the masterclass is $60, including GST and Eventbrite fee; or $100, which includes all of the above plus personal feedback and edits on a sample book review written after the masterclass.

Funds from this masterclass will fund reviews on


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