Monday, July 6, from 5:00-7:00 PM PDT

Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that explores significant details or patterns in a story or poem to shed light on how  a text works. Useful for writers and readers, learning to close read can help you sharpen your instincts and increase the pleasure that comes from reading. In this two hour workshop we will look at the history and principles of close reading, then dive into a selection of speculative texts, including Kelly Link’s brilliant, creepy short story “The Specialist’s Hat.”

Advanced Reading: The Specialist’s Hat (

Suggested slack channels for ongoing discussion:
#reading-book_club and #reading-general

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