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Writing Book Reviews and Review Essays for Publication

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Road, Room 140, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Anne Lenaghan  

Group: The Writing Place

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Reviews of academic monographs 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. This workshop will explore how 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. This workshop will also 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, how to tactfully phrase your criticism, as well as useful strategies for tailoring your review for the publication’s primary academic audience. 

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