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AWG Meeting - Lecture - The Art of Critique - Giving and Getting

  • Jan 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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We'll discuss the art of critique.  How to give an effective critique, and also how to receive, process, and put critique to use.

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  • Roxanne R.

    My first meeting, so I didn't talk, but felt challenged and had a lot of new thoughts the next day. Will be back!

    January 10, 2014

  • Martha

    The presentation was a great idea and tonight's meeting did not disappoint. Thanks Michael for providing lots of helpful information.

    January 9, 2014

  • Thierry S.

    Excellent. Good presentation. Learned a lot!

    January 8, 2014

  • Ruthie

    It was great. A lot of good information to be utilized in current novel.

    January 8, 2014

  • Cindy M.

    Sorry. I didn't get the email saying there was room for me until it was too late. :-(

    January 8, 2014

  • Dennis

    Sorry. Would have loved to come but confirmation off the wait list came at 5 and it's now 7. Next time

    January 8, 2014

  • Jack K.

    New year = new set of work issues that I haven't had the time to foist off on some unsuspecting newbie yet. Apologize for the late notification. Hope someone on the wait list can exploit.

    Definitely-probably-maybe next week.

    January 8, 2014

  • Sarah T.

    I will be taking a course Wed. nights at the Bethesda Writing Center until March. I'll see you then. (If you had a terrible experience with them, please don't tell me, because I plopped a good chunk of change on it and have high hopes.)

    January 8, 2014

  • John S.

    I absolutely agree with all of , but I'm wary of tears and gasps. Especially mine.

    January 7, 2014

  • Thierry S.

    Perhaps we should all take note of the well-worded apocryphal Chinese rejection letter.

    "We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity."

    Personally, I'd prefer a harsh criticism from which I can learn something.

    3 · January 2, 2014

    • Terence K.

      An apocryphal periodical's rejection letter: "We have read your excellent contribution but have been overwhelmed with other material of very high quality and had space for only the 156 stories that best fit the theme of our publication. Regretfully, therefore, we will not be able to publish that load of crap you sent. Yours sincerely."

      January 2, 2014

    • Colleen M.

      OMG Thierry, what a great rejection!

      January 3, 2014

  • Roger B.

    I have the greatest respect for the Golden Rule. But in critique it fails. A comment can offend a striving writer even if it honestly doesn't offend the critic. I have to remind myself of this ... quite often, actually.

    January 2, 2014

    • Terence K.

      Offense cannot be given, only taken.

      January 2, 2014

    • Terence K.

      If the emphasis in critique is how it could be improved or saved, rather than what's wrong with it, that would be useful as well as considerate. This does, sometimes, come down to 'rewriting' someone else's work. But I think there's always something worthwhile, in each story, needing only to be set free.

      January 2, 2014

  • Thierry S.

    IMHOP, if you get offended that easily, striving or not, you really shouldn't be a writer, at least one who aims to be read by the public. Writing by definition is putting your work--not yourself--out there for all to see. If I critique a writer's work, I'm critiquing the writing, not the person.

    1 · January 2, 2014

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