Faciliated by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Ph.D., a Chicago poet with more than 30 years of experience teaching writing.
Now that you’re done drafting your essay or story, you need some feedback. How would you know if it’s appealing to a wide audience? In this workshop we will read each other’s work and critique it in a friendly and positive atmosphere.
Students will send the work ahead of time. When reading the work, they will make comments, observations, and suggestions on the paper as well as a global comment at the end. Critiquing will be carried out between the participants but the author will not be allowed to participate in the discussion, only listen and take notes. At the end, the author will be allowed to ask basic questions. When the feedback is finished, all copies of the work will be returned to the author for his use in revising the piece (or not).
Some of the components of the feedback session are listed below:
1. A good piece of writing requires the following:
- a defined objective
- a skillful use of language and style
- a compelling voice
- a workable structure
2. Determine the audience you want to write for and your objective in writing to them.
3. Determine the theme of your piece:
- What effect are you trying to create on the reader?
- What do you want to explore?
4. Narrative basics to look for:
- Is there a beginning, a middle, and an end?
- Does the writer SHOW what happened rather than explain it?
- Are there active verbs? strong nouns?
- Where did this take place?
- Are all adjectives absolutely necessary?
- Is there a balance between the author’s point of view and that of the others?
- Is it well-paced, building towards the critical moment?
- Does it end well or is the ending overwritten or rushed?
5. Avoid preaching, repeating, overstating opinions, sentimentality.
6. Write honestly and simply.
Instructor will provide handouts with complete guidelines for future use as well as a bibliography.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org