About this course
Writing criticism is no easy task. There is much research, training and life experience that goes into composing an insightful review. This course gives you an insider approach in thinking about and writing a review, whether it be a performance, film or art show, and for print or digital.
Learn from top New York Times critics as they share personal stories that reveal their processes, approaches and best practices behind their reviews. Learn a new and fresh perspective on how to be critical, a skill that can propel you in both your personal and professional life.
Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic for The New York Times
Jon Pareles, Chief Pop Music Critic for The New York Times
Ben Brantley, Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times
A. O. Scott, Chief Film Critic for The New York Times
Mike Hale, Television Critic for The New York Times
Myra Forsberg, Former Deputy Culture Editor of The New York Times
This course is designed for:
- media writers who want to compose an insightful article review
- people in the arts who want to know how critics review their work
- journalists looking to apply their skills in the field of criticism
- digital freelancers who write reviews for online formats
- anyone who is interested in becoming a critic or writing an insightful, critical piece
In this course, you will:
- Learn the steps in writing an article review
- Understand the process behind a professional review
- Learn the basic tenets of a review
- Learn how to give a review that opens up your readers’ thoughts and responses
- Know what kind of research goes into a review
- Understand how to structure a review and write a critical statement
- Be able to discuss the overarching framework of criticism and the role it plays in media
Each critic provides exercises to help you hone your skills as a critic, as well as reading and resources you can turn to for inspiration and further insight.