The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Writing Center Workshops
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Intro to Literary Analysis

Learn how to write a critical analysis paper for your introductory literature class.


Are you writing a literary analysis essay about poetry, fiction, or another genre of literature? In this workshop, you’ll consider elements for a close reading of the text, learn the secrets of a successful argumentative thesis, explore the organizational approaches that work best in essays about literature, and discuss mistakes that students frequently make when writing critical analyses.

Intended Audience

Undergraduate students who are writing papers in their literature classes and who want to learn how to organize and develop critical papers.


1.5 hours

Schedule for Spring 2017

Tuesday, 2/7, 3:30–5:00 (Sec. 1)
Thursday, 2/16, 12:00–1:30 (Brown Bag) (Sec. 2)

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