Time Management & Literary Criticism

Monday, December 7

UC Riverside Palm Desert MFA

Winter Residency Lecture

Below are links to the materials from this lecture, plus some handouts. Feel free to print anything you like. If you use anything I’ve created, please attribute correctly.

If you have questions, email me at hspartington@gmail.com.

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Presentation Slides (Keynote)

Lecture Handout (PDF)

Time Management

Google calendar

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand (apocryphal)

Software: Freedom & Antisocial

Time tracker: Toggl

Online resources: managing time/energy:

Zen Habits by Leo Babuta

Elise Blaha

Gretchen Rubin

Unf*ck Your Habitat

Books about creativity/productivity:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

 

Writing Criticism

Basic writing strategy (critical papers): AXES Body Paragraph (UCSD)

Tips for Successful Book Reviews by Rebecca Skloot

 

On Reading/ Criticism

“How Could You Like that Book?” and “How I Read” by Tim Parks, NYRB

“Much Ado about Niceness” by Maria Bustillos, The New Yorker 
(references this interview of Isaac Fitzgerald in Poynter by Andrew Beaujon)

“On Pandering” by Claire Vaye Watkins, Tin House

“If You Enjoyed a Good Book and You’re a Woman, Critics Think You’re Wrong” by Jennifer Weiner, The Guardian

“Book Critics Don’t Exist to Flatter Your Taste” by Claire Fallon, Huffington Post

“Don’t Let Men Attack Pumpkin Spice Literature” by Phoebe Maltz Bovy, New Republic

“When Popular Fiction isn’t Popular” by Lincoln Michel, Electric Literature

Literary Disco: Episode 90 (New York Public Library)

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