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ONLINE CLASS: "How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques" with John Pipkin

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Online Class


10/18/2017 From 6:30 PM CST to 9:30 PM CST



 

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$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  

Are you in a writing group but not sure how to give good feedback on others' work?

Are you interested in taking an Advanced Craft Workshop through the Writers' League of Texas but haven't taken a formal workshop in the past?

NOTE: This class is requried in order to sign up for one of our Advanced Craft Workshops, but does not guarantee admission. The price of this online class will go toward the cost of the workshop if accepted as a participating student. (Good toward first workshop only.) For more information on our advanced MFA-style workshops, click HERE or call us at 512-499-8914.

 

Giving and receiving good feedback is a learned skill that writers can develop and hone, and learning how to participate in and benefit from a workshop can be invaluable to any writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Allowing other writers to critique your work in a group setting (where you critique their work in turn) offers fresh eyes and a fresh perspective, helps you to zero in on problems you might be overlooking, strengthens your skills as a reader, and opens the way to communing with your peers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Upon registering, you will be emailed a selection of published stories to read before the class convenes. These stories will be the basis of an in-class critical discussion or "sample workshop."

In this class, participants will learn what to consider when reading works with a critical eye, including how to identify what is working within a piece and, just as important, what isn't working and why, and how to identify the narrative structure and rhetorical strategies at work; how to "read like a writer" including tools for better understanding the technical aspects of storytelling and how to apply those techniques to your own stories; how to give feedback in a helpful and constructive way; and how to accept feedback in a workshop and how to apply it to your work-in-progress.
 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You're not sure how to discuss craft in a practical way that allows you to give concrete advice.
  • You want to become better at translating others' advice for your writing into practical strategies that you can use.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

John Pipkin’s first novel, Woodsburner, won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize for First Novel. John was the Dobie Paisano Fellow at UT-Austin for the spring of 2011. His latest novel is The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter. He received his Ph.D. in British Literature from Rice University in 1997. He teaches at the University of Texas and in the Low-residency MFA Program at Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky. He recently completed a bike ride from Warsaw to Paris in research for a new novel.


LOCATION

Online

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page and Online Classes page.

Registration will close on Wednesday, October 18, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.

 

HOW WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.




Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.