Nonfiction Critique Guidelines

  • What is the main idea the writer is trying to get across?
  • Is the writer trying to be humorous, serious, straightforward, etc? Does this emotion/tone work for the piece?
  • Who does the piece seem to be written for? Who is the audience?
  • Does the writer give enough details and examples to illustrate what he/she is trying to get across? Where are there good details? Where could more be given? Are there any places where the details slowed your reading or bogged you down?
  • Does the piece follow a logical order? Are there any places where you got lost? Are there details that should be given earlier or later in the piece?
  • What type of piece does the writing seem to be - an article, an essay, a column, a book or book chapter?
  • Overall, what did you like or not like about the piece?
  • Keep in mind that nonfiction writers write for a variety of publications including magazines for articles, online columns, newspaper editorials, etc. Try to put yourself into the mind of the audience to make the best critiques.

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