Northwestern University

Wed 4:00 PM

Workshop: Writing Critical Reviews of Nonfiction Books and Articles

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Rd, Rm 250, Graduate Student Commons, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Elizabeth Lenaghan  

Group: Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Critical reviews of nonfiction books and articles not only service the academic community by summarizing and evaluating recent scholarly work, but also offer graduate students the opportunity to cultivate a publishing profile and gain familiarity with the process of publishing in journals through short writing pieces. Furthermore, a well-strategized review has the potential to introduce a writer’s voice to their disciplinary field(s), preview the author’s forthcoming contributions in articles and manuscripts, and establish important scholarly networks. In addition to professional development, writing academic reviews can support coursework, preparation for qualifying exams, and dissertation development. This workshop will introduce a variety of formats for academic reviews and consider how to identify appropriate venues for publication, select books and articles for review, and structure the review itself. We will discuss how to balance synthesis of the text’s methods and arguments with critical evaluation, as well as useful strategies for tailoring your review for the publication’s primary academic audience. In particular, we will focus on tactfully phrasing critiques and shortcomings of the text. To register, please visit:
Graduate Student Commons, Wednesday, February 27, 4-6pm          

This event is sponsored by the Writing Program and TGS. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lenaghan ( in the Graduate Writing Place.

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