Writing About Pop Culture 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Begins Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Class will meet weekly on Wednesday Nights via Zoom, 7PM EST - 8:30PM EST.
*This course will have an online classroom in Wet Ink with weekly Zoom meetings.
Open to All writers!
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.Taught by Lisa Levy, a contributing editor to Literary Hub and a founding editor of Crime Reads. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, the CBC, the Millions, and the Believer, among others. She won a Notable in Best American Essays 2021 for her essay “We Are All Modern” which is part of a book project on modernism and biography.
We all engage with pop culture every day: we check gossip sites, we hit Spotify, we read about a new movie; we play an alphabet soup of games, we scan websites, or watch a YouTube video, or binge a Netflix show. There are as many forms of popular culture are there are ways to write about it.
We live in an age of democratized criticism: the only thing stopping you from writing about your favorite show or game or app is you. This class is going to help you get started. In this class, you will write about what you love, whether it's reality TV, sneakers, travel, gaming, TV, Tik-Tok videos, movies, crime, or YouTube channels. You can explore your passion for romance novels or geek out about the latest gadgets—all forms of pop culture are up for analysis, description, and debate.
Over our four-week class, we will read and practice different critical approaches. We’ll start with the simple review, then look at new forms that have been popularized by the Internet (listicles, recaps, hot takes, deep dives), teasing the personal from the critical in the essay, and thinking in larger terms about the critic's role. If we can all be critics now, do we have any responsibility to announce our biases, or to proclaim our objectivity? Is it objectivity we want from critics, or people whose taste echoes our own?
Required readings will be posted to Wet Ink and may include work by Pete Wells, Roxane Gay, Brian Moylan, Ellen Willis, Hanif Abdurraqib, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jessica Hopper, Hilton Als, Geoff Dyer, Samantha Irby, and anonymous Yelpers, Goodreads fiends, and disgruntled Amazon customers.
You will also be required to produce your own writing each week in the form that we are studying. By the end of the class, you will have four pieces of writing that you can work on revising for possible publication.
"I did a workshop on writing about pop culture. I really loved the course. You get out of it what you put in. My instructor, Lisa, required a lot of readings, and you obviously don't have to do them, but the whole point of doing one of these is to learn by doing the work. If you don't shortchange yourself, these can really be a great avenue to get feedback on your writing. 10/10 would do again." -Dustin H.
"The Pop Culture writing class with Lisa Levy was absolutely wonderful! I didn't even really care about pop culture when I started, but found myself so engaged with the class and the discussions, the readings and the writing. Lisa is really very good at pop culture. And she's wonderful at pushing you in a good direction without really telling you where to go. A gentle nudge that gets you thinking, basically, and then you're off to the races. I would highly recommend this class if you have any interest at all in pop culture writing. The Wet Ink platform that Writing Workshops uses is pretty coo, too." -Rachel H.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:This class will have a weekly Zoom meeting, weekly deadlines, and plenty of interaction with Lisa and your peers with the addition of Wet Ink, a dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit their work, receiving detailed feedback from their peers as well as Lisa; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Lisa engages with these discussions throughout the week.
Instructor: Lisa Levy
Class size limited to 12 writers
Class Starts March 15th, 2023
Course is fully ONLINE
Instructor Lisa Levy is a critic and essayist. She has written for many publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, the CBC, the Walrus, and the Believer. She is currently working on three books: one about feminism, rebellion, and Gone Girl. THE IMPATIENT is a study of her chronic migraines, dispelling myths about migraine, and demonstrates that the migraine brain is a neurodiverse condition that has inspired some of our most foundational and creative people: Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, Joan Didion, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, and many others. She is a contributing editor at Lit Hub, where she started crime coverage, and a contributing editor and columnist at Crime Reads, which she helped found. She won a Notable in Best American Essays 2021 for her essay “We Are All Modern” which is part of a book project on modernism and biography. She has an MA in English and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Goucher College.