Guided by nationally recognized & award-winning writer & editor Bob Keyes, sharpen your critical voice while navigating the line between what makes a review thoughtful or not.

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Sharpen your critical voice while exploring a range of reviews and opinion pieces by contemporary arts writers in Maine and across the country. Participants will discuss the difference between a thoughtful review and a hatchet job, and hear directly from writers about how they balance their opinions with their desire to inform and why that matters. The class will feature guest writers and field trips to museums and galleries on the midcoast.

Bob Keyes in conversation - Photo by Sean Alonzo Harris
Bob Keyes in conversation – Photo by Sean Alonzo Harris

All images copyright Sean Alonzo Harris.

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Instructor: Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes, editorial director at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is a nationally recognized writer and storyteller with specialties in American visual arts, popular music, and the contemporary culture of New England. Born and raised near Boston, he spent nearly 20 years writing about arts and culture for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram before joining Colby in 2022. Prior to that, he wrote for newspapers in South Dakota, Connecticut, and Georgia.