Course in literary criticism

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature and the cultural magazine Dwutygodnik are organising a 4-month Literary Criticism Course. Editors Zofia Król and Maciej Jakubowiak will hold classes from 24 March to 9 June. Registration is open until 9 March.

Literary criticism does not boil down to pointing out interesting books, presenting one’s evaluation or classifying literary phenomena. For literary criticism to be interesting, it has to be written in a creative and captivating way. Krakow UNESCO City of Literature and the cultural magazine Dwutygodnik invite you to enrol for a Literary Criticism Course centred on creative writing about literature.

Two editors of Dwutygodnik’s literary section, Zofia Król and Maciaj Jakubiak, will guide workshop participants through intense work on their texts: from brainstorming ideas, through work scheduling and text structure planning, to linguistic and stylistic solution analysis.

Workshop participants and hosts will thoroughly analyse i.a. the critical reading method, the specific features of particular genres of literary criticism (review, essay, polemic, interview), the issue of negative criticism and the challenges posed by new media. The workshop will focus mainly on prose genres (novel, short story, essay).

The workshops are intended for both experienced literary critics and those who intend to take up writing about literature. The course consists of seven 5-hour meetings held on Saturdays.


In order to apply for the course, please send your 1-page CV and a review of your own (max. 5,000 characters with spaces) to pisz@miastoliteratury.pl. Please write a review of one of the books below:

  • Ignacy Karpowicz, Miłość (Love)
  • Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Ruiny i zgliszcza translated into Polish by Michał Kłobukowski)
  • Weronika Gogola, Po trochu (Bit by Bit)

Organisers will select max. twelve participants. The submission deadline falls on 9 March


Zofia Król (born 1980) – Dwutygodnik editor-in-chief and its literary section editor, literary critic and Doctor of Philosophy. Author of “Return to the world. The History of Attention in Philosophy and Literature of the 20th Century” (2013). Contributes texts to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Tygodnik Powszechny”, “Zeszyty Literackie” and “Konteksty”. Sits on the Witold Gombrowicz Debut and the Conrad Award juries.

Maciej Jakubowiak (born 1987) – Dwutygodnik literary section editor, literary critic, Doctor of Literary Studies. Author of “Nieuchronny plagiat. Prawo autorskie w nowoczesnym dyskursie literackim” (“Inevitable plagiarism. Copyright in modern literary discourse”) (2017). Writes for “Tygodnik Powszechny”, “Teksty Drugie”, “Polityka”, “Wielogłos”, “Znak”, “Popmoderna” and “FA-art”.



24 March – 9 June

Number of participants: 12 Cost: PLN 500

Workshop dates: 24 March, 7 April, 14 April, 28 April, 12 May, 26 May, 9 June Organisers: Krakow UNESCO City of Literatureand cultural magazine Dwutygodnik

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