❦ To develop general strategies for reading;
❦ To distinguish and offer effective critique; ;
❦ To edit and revise your work based on feeback.
You will participate in workshops in two ways. (Leaving aside your enthusiastic and thoughtful contributions to our in class exchanges!)
During the first part of the term (before spring break), you will select a published piece—a journal article, a book review, an essay, a blog post—and lead the class in a workshop.
Please select a published piece that raises issues that you want to address regarding academic writing and publishing—a piece, perhaps, that connects in some way to your Writing Project. While I ask that you foreground particular issues regarding, for example, style, structure, and argumentation, the blog, journal or press, I also ask that you select a piece from a source in which you might realistically publish as an early-career scholar. Also, insomuch as you can determine, select an author(s) that might be a doctoral or post-doctoral student, or an assistant professor; that is, someone, like you, who is an early career scholar.
During the second part of the term (after spring break), you will submit your work for a workshop. Depending on the writing projects you select, your work may be completed—I could, for example, see a book review, or reviews, or a review essay being completed relatively quickly—or far down the road to completion—a lengthier piece for a digital outlet, an article. Your goal is to have your work completed, or in good enough shape, so that given the workshop feedback you receive you can revise effectively. While our workshops will be different in approach and conduct than a creative writing or poetry workshop, we will keep to the traditional practice of having the author observe and concentrate on the analysis bring provided. While you can speak to questions posed directly by class members, please listen carefully to the commentary and determine how, or if, the input you receive can help with revision.