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The You Review of Books

Do book reviews matter in the age of GoodReads and Amazon customer reviews? The Seattle Review of Books co-founders Paul Constant and Martin McClellan think so: they say book reviews should be beautiful pieces of writing in response to beautiful pieces of writing. They’ll explore what makes a great review by providing examples and plenty of exercises and advice for how to read, think about, and write compelling, engaging, and intelligent reviews. Their goal is nothing less than training future writers for their website and inspiring writing about books everywhere in the world.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Paul Constant and Martin McClellan

Class Type: 6 Sessions


Start Date: 01/14/2016

End Date: 02/18/2016

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Paul Constant and Martin McClellan

Paul Constant is the co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books. He edited the Stranger’s book coverage for seven years. He’s also published reviews for outlets including Literary Hub, the Progressive, and alternative weeklies around North America.

Martin McClellan is a novelist, designer, and cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books. His first book, California Four O’Clock, was published in a limited edition hardback through a successful Kickstarter in 2015. He’s Senior UX Designer for

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