The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Sunday, April 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
How To Write a Hot Take…That Lasts w/ Ann Powers (Room A: Sky Church)

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How To Write a Hot Take…That Lasts w/ Ann Powers (Room A: Sky Church)

With support from Critical Minded, the Pop Convergence is expanding our mentorship offerings with seven hour-long sessions designed to assist up-and-coming music writers from underrepresented and marginalized communities. All sessions are now filled for direct participants but this is a public session that audience members are allowed into.

Session Description: The think piece has become the coin of the realm in cultural journalism -- often quickly produced in response to a new release or cultural event. This presents opportunities for music writers, but also serious challenges. How can writers be prepared to formulate ideas about music quickly, providing necessary context and interpretation, in ways that draw in readers -- and, more importantly, have an impact past the usual hot take's short sell-by date. Powers, who has been writing cultural criticism for the popular press, will discuss developing an information toolbox to use when writing quick-react essays; integrating first-person, historical and theoretical material to create balanced and compelling views; and developing an authoritative voice in a highly reactive world.

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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent; Founder, Turning the Tables, NPR Music
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. Her books include Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America,and (with the aritst)Tori Amos: Piece By Piece. She is the co-editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of Rock... Read More →

Sunday April 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church