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Writing Class

NYT Student Review Contest 

Do you like to strong critiques and reactions to books, painting, music, opera, architecture, movies, TV shows, restaurants, or videogames (you get the idea)? Or, do you want to improve your writing skills in general? If so, the New York Times' Sixth Annual Student Review Contest is for you. Choose anything that is a new experience and fits into a category of creative expression that The New York Times covers, from architecture to music, and write a review of 450 words or fewer.

How Peninsula Academy will help you?

We will offer a cultural review writing workshop on Jan 10, 4-6pm to help you write a stellar piece for this contest. Interested students can then request customized 1:1 coaching with Cris. Advanced students are also welcome to contact us directly for private coaching and editing. Writing cultural reviews is a creative process that is based on your individual opinion and personal tastes. Cris will guide you in this process to write an authentic and original review, including how to communicate your subjective, emotional, and visceral experience in a clear and engaging way, how to present relevant and accurate details of the creative work for a general reader, and how to write with a strong voice and an appropriate style to engage the reader. 


Cris earned his bachelor's degree in English literature at UC Berkeley and his master's degree in English and creative writing from NYU, where he was a New York Times fellow. Cris has worked as a writer and editor for many prestigious institutions and magazines, including the New York Times, BlackRock, TCW, and Deutsche Bank. Cris has also taught both AP English Language and AP English Literature as well as SAT reading and essay writing.

Who can participate?

Any middle and high school students. 

When and how to submit?

Any time before January 26.

Questions?! We're happy to help:  
For English, Doreen 310-408-4188 
For English and Korean, Kay 310-989-7557
For Chinese, Annie 424-394-6362 
WeChat ID: PA-550, peninsula10000

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