Don't miss our May 29 webinar and our June 6 publishing panel

Join Broad Street Review's virtual spring events for writers, readers, and arts-lovers!

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At BSR, we believe that part of the mission of 21st-century publishers and journalists is to make our work as transparent as possible. Today's media landscape can be confusing and stressful. It can be full of misinformation, or it's missing the local stories that affect you the most. As writers, we want you to understand what we do, but also how we do it, and why. That's why we're inviting you to two fun virtual events.


First up, it's BAD REVIEWS: How to write them and why we need them. Our first-ever webinars last fall were a big success, and we're back with more in this 90-minute Zoom class at 6:30pm ET on Wednesday, May 29. Are you a writer looking to expand your portfolio with more reviews and cultural criticism, but feeling nervous about how to deliver negative feedback? Do you want to build your review-writing toolkit? Do you want to know what really happens after a "bad" review runs? This session is for you, and for anyone who enjoys reading reviews and wants a look behind the scenes of the critic's work.

I'll teach the basics of the modern critic's toolbox, drawing on more than 15 years of writing arts reviews and five years at the helm of BSR, and then we'll open the floor for a Q&A with me, Kyle, and prolific local critic Cameron Kelsall, who has hundreds of BSR bylines in addition to his other outlets (he's also the vice chair of the American Theatre Critics Association). And yes, the session will be recorded, so anyone who registers can join us live, or receive a recording later (of course, we recommend joining the session live so you can participate in the Q&A, but we know you're busy!).

This webinar is free for our writers and Friends of BSR (our monthly donors, starting at $5/month) and $30 for the general public. (No-one will be turned away for lack of funds; email [email protected] if money's an issue.) Here's that RSVP link again. We hope you can join us!


Two bookshelf cubbies holding 22 different books by Philly authors including Emma Eisenberg, Eric Smith & R. Eric Thomas,
Can you spot your favorite Philly authors on the editor's bookshelf? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Are you writing a book, or dreaming about it? Want to learn more about publishing from professionals in the Philly industry? You're in luck, because our second annual BSR Book Week is coming right up (June 2-8), and we're gathering on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm ET on Zoom for WITH YOUR POWERS COMBINED: A BSR Book Week publishing panel.

Philly has a stellar literary community, and we are beyond thrilled about this conversation. Our panelists are Xio Axelrod (bestselling author of the very, very hot Lillys series), award-winning author and literary agent extraordinaire Eric Smith (You Can Go Your Own Way, With or Without You), Quirk Books editor Jess Zimmerman, Lanternfish Press editorial director Christine Neulieb, and attorney Gabrielle Sellei, expert in copyright law and publishing contracts at Sellei Law.

This will be a great conversation for authors, aspiring authors, and anyone who loves books. Bring your questions about the modern publishing industry! The event will be recorded, so everyone who registers can join us live or watch later, but of course, as with the webinar, we hope you can join live for the Q&A.

This event is free for BSR writers and Friends of BSR, and $20 for the general public. (Again, nobody will be turned away; get in touch if money's an issue.) We can't wait for this conversation, and we hope you can be a part of it! Here's that RVSP link again.

What, When, Where

BAD REVIEWS: How to write them and why we need them. Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm ET on Zoom. $30.

WITH YOUR POWERS COMBINED: A BSR publishing panel. Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm ET on Zoom. $20.


These are virtual sessions with the option to enable captioning.

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