Introduction to Critical Writing w/ Ms. Miano [FALL2021]

Quick Info

Course: Introduction to Critical Writing
Teacher: Ms. Miano

Schedule(s): 1. US | Grades 5-6 | 9/7-12/23, Thursdays, 4pm PDT
2. Asia | Grades 5-6 | 9/7-12/23, Wednesdays, 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.



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


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


Are you “the one” in your friend group constantly recommending a great book, album or game that just dropped? Have you been ranting or raving about the latest Marvel movie or last season of The Umbrella Academy? Do you find yourself advocating or opposing a particular brand, device, app, software or product? If you fashion yourself as a critic and want to take your abilities and skills to the next level, then this is the course for you! Our hybrid reading and writing course is designed for students of beginner or intermediate levels who want to articulate their unique tastes and alternative takes. It’s also a great introduction to critique for those eventually wanting to pursue a path in blogging for companies, start-ups, and organizations across a variety of media. Students will work towards finding their “inner critic” while learning writing skills and ways to express themselves accurately and articulately. Each class we’ll focus on the concise techniques and methods involved in the step-by-step process of composing a critique. Students will take turns submitting a piece for consideration, which we’ll discuss collectively in an objective, intensive setting. Constructive, in-depth feedback will be provided by teacher and peer group in a supportive community that encourages and inspires.


  • Understand genre conventions of critical writing
  • Think, read and write critically
  • Recognize and document essential information
  • Formulate opinions based on relevancy
  • Methodically learn how to communicate messages
  • Formulate and express a clear opinion on content
  • Apply standards for reasoned judgement based on analysis
  • Provide evidence to support statements
  • Proofread and edit critical work


— Engagement with material
— Research around topic and content
— Cite and reference sources accurately
— Review with an objective mind and realistic expectations
— Expansion of vocabulary, use of grammar, paragraph and sentence structure
— Use information to support a view or argument
— Apply reflective practice that connects academic study with practical experience
— Anchor theory and learning towards completion of school essays
— Application of writing and reading for higher exam scores


  1. Successful vs. Unsuccessful Critical Writing
  2. Proper research and sourcing
  3. Opinions vs. Facts/ Remaining Objective
  4. Fiction/Non-fiction
  5. Movies/TV Series
  6. Restaurants/Coffeehouses/Take-Out
  7. Tech/Gaming/Apps
  8. Albums/Music/Entertainers/ Singers & Groups
  9. Art: Museums/Galleries/Artists
  10. Using Humor and Expressing Honesty
  11. Blogging 101
  12. Critiquing the Critic/ Censorship & Cancel Culture


12-Week Course

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