Creative Writing & Reading Immersion w/ Ms. Miano [FALL2021]

Quick Info

Course: Creative Writing & Reading Immersion
Teacher: Ms. Miano

Schedule(s): 1. US | Grades 7+ | 9/7-12/23, Tuesdays, 5pm PDT
2. Asia | Grades 7+ | 9/7-12/23, Tuesdays, 8pm Beijing Time

Number of Live Sessions: 16
Price(s): 1. US | 640 USD
2. Asia | 4768 RMB

About the Teacher

Ms. Miano is a writer and teacher from New York. Ms. Miano holds a BA in English Literature from North Carolina State University, with minors in Journalism, Creative Writing, and Art History. While completing an MA in Creative and Critical Writing in England, Ms. Miano studied under the then UK Poet Laureate and the late great German writer, W. G. Sebald. Her two novels, Encyclopaedia of Snow and Van Rijn (for which she won the UK Arts Council Award), were published to wide international acclaim in 11 countries. In addition to her fiction, Ms. Miano’s literary criticism, arts, culture and travel articles, as well as restaurant reviews, have appeared in prestigious journals and newspapers, such as The Times, Guardian, Observer and Telegraph. Book tours, lectures and readings have taken her across the globe. An avid traveller, explorer, and educator, Ms. Miano has cultivated a skill for teaching in a diversity of places and settings, whether in classrooms or in-person. She has offered group classes and private one-on-one coaching for more than 15 years. Through her work for Alo7 and The Walrus School, Ms. Miano has conducted numerous online lessons with both children and adults. She is passionate about teaching creative and critical writing across a variety of genres, from stories to feature articles, poetry to critical essays. Ms. Miano welcomes students of all skill levels and experience, a diversity of backgrounds, races, cultures and gender identities. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, where she’s working on her forthcoming book, Buffalo Wings, and learning the tango.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

FICTION:

Crazy God, a collaboration with photographer Yvonne de Rosa, Damiani, Italian & English, April 2008

Van Rijn, a historical novel, published by Picador Macmillan UK, 2007

Encyclopaedia of Snow, a novel, published by Picador Macmillan UK, 2003

NON-FICTION:

Review of the Walter Benjamin archive at Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, FR, Paris Update, 2011

“Honey and Spice and All Things Nice”, restaurant review of Miel et Paprika, Paris, FR, Paris Update, 2011

Review of “The Sorrows of An American” by Siri Hustvedt, The Times, London, 23 May 2008

“A Radical in the Garden”, on Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier, The Times, London, March 2007

“The Traveller,” preview of the art exhibition Waterlog, The Guardian, London, February 2007

“Photographic Memories,” review of Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood, The Times, London, September 2006

“Betrayal of a Blood Brother”, interview with Spanish author Javier Marías, The Observer, London, May 2005

Class Description

This hybrid workshop/seminar course welcomes students of intermediate or advanced levels who have had some experience in creative writing that want to sharpen and hone their skills. We’ll review the key aspects of creative writing and reading, such as: genre, plot, character development, points of view, description, dialogue, structure, and scene, with the aim of working on a specific project. Ms. Miano will bring to this seminar study her own unique background and experience in writing, publishing and mentorship. Each class, we’ll delve deep into one of these aspects so as to apply these techniques and methods in our writing. The proposed project could include: a novel or novella, collection of stories or essays, a memoir, play, blog, screenplay, or any other original idea. Students will take turns submitting a piece for consideration, which we will then discuss collectively in an informal, inspiring, intensive setting. Based on the submissions, as needs arise, we’ll discuss major issues and ways to bring our writing to the highest level. Constructive, in-depth, feedback will be provided by the teacher and in a community that supports and encourages one another. The goal of this course is to complete a major project that will be ready for submission to literary agencies, publications of all types, or college entrance if pursuing a degree in this area.

Objectives

— Understand genre, genre-bending and expectations
— Master major types of openings and their functions
— Explore options for points of view, advantages and disadvantages
— Build great characters, using: description, dialogue, motivation, conflict, and actions
— Examine shapes and arcs of stories, narrative opportunities
— Develop coherent, cohesive plots that drive action
— Create memorable scenes between believable characters
— Master sharp, funny, or confrontational dialogue that mimics real life speech
— Heighten editing and revision skills
— Build a personal toolkit for overcoming block and maintaining a writing schedule

Outcomes

Advanced mastery of:
-creative writing, reading and analytic fundamentals on an AP-Level or higher
-writing conventions at a broader level, beyond requirements in discipline area
-creative, critical, reflective, and self-reflective thinking
-ways to express and comprehend multiple perspectives in literary form
-reading with a “writerly eye”, understanding and articulating meanings and themes
-composition, outlines, and proposals towards completion of a major project
-structural, narrative devices and unique differentiations across genres
-writing and reading skills “outside the box” for advanced SAT / ACT scores
-summarization of life learning experiences and traits for college admission essays

Timeline

16-week course

Group

Minimum of 4 students; maximum of 8 students

Materials

— your imagination
— a small writing journal to take with you everywhere
— a notebook for class
— your favorite pen or pencil
— a computer with Zoom application
— ability to share files via Google Docs, Microsoft Word or in PDF format

Syllabus

Prologue. Introductions & Inspirations
Chapter 1. Beginnings
Chapter 2. Genre, sub-genre, cross-genre
Chapter 3. Structures & Shapes of Stories
Chapter 4. Narrators & Points of View
Chapter 5. Plot, plot, plot
Chapter 6. Creating Characters
Chapter 7. Scene-setting
Chapter 8. Description
Chapter 9. Dialogue
Chapter 10. Exposition
Chapter 11. Conflict, Powerplay, Humor, Detachment
Chapter 12. Timeline & Throughline
Chapter 13. Proofreading, Editing & Revision
Chapter 14. Creative Process vs. Writer’s Block
Epilogue. Submitting & Publishing

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