Be critical and rich

Criticising the arts can be a risky business. Artists are pretty prickly about their work. You have to be a good critic to survive. And to keep friends.

Arts critic, broadcaster and concert host Martin Buzacott (pictured) has lots of friends and will conduct a workshop in Bangalow on Saturday, April 8, on how to unravel the mysteries of arts criticism. Tough but nice.

Be A Critic: Reviewing for Pleasure, Profile and Profit will work on arts criticism in the broadest sense. This workshop is an opportunity for writers with an interest in the arts to put their skills to the test under the tutelage of a seasoned arts critic.

Participants in this workshop will be under real pressure, burning the midnight oil to beat the deadline, like every professional reviewer must, because seats will be provided for all participants to attend a performance of David Pages one-man show, Page 8, in Lismore next Friday night, April 7. Following the show, workshop participants will go home and write a 400-word review of the show which they will bring to the workshop the next day. Phew. Deadlines. Just like the real thing.

These reviews will be the basis of the workshop, with Martin exploring the medium of review and helping participants to re-work and improve their piece.

Be A Critic: Reviewing for Pleasure, Profile and Profit will be held on Saturday, April 8, at the Mollar Pavillion in Bangalow from 10am-4pm. Page 8 will be performed at Lismore City Hall on Friday, April 7, at 8pm.

The total cost of the workshop, including theatre tickets, is $61 for current Northern Rivers Writers Centre members and $76 for non-members. Places will be limited and early bookings are recommended. Phone 6685 5115 or email susie@nrwc.org.au.


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