Giving feedback is about encouragement, tact, carefully-worded questions, and careful reading. Regular participants at BWW workshops know this already.
Today’s panel discussion on giving feedback at AWP, called “Beyond ‘Show, Don’t Tell’: How to Give (and Get) Truly Dynamic Feedback,” spelled out a few fascinating reasons why. Continue reading
To start a new literary journal, you need a few things. Let’s go through a quick list of what the panelists had to say. Continue reading
This just in: There is no agreement on what a makes a good book review.
Panelist Craig Teicher says that a good book review need not be “right” about the book, but it must definitely be interesting. It should, in other words, be “a piece of literature inspired by a piece of literature.” Continue reading
There are workshops that tear you down for sport, and there are workshops that build you up with meaningless praise. Somewhere between these two extremes exists the sweet spot of the creative writing workshop, where, as four panelists from Grub Street in Boston put it, the “poetics of generosity” exist to provide writers with the space, encouragement, and advice they need to grow and improve. Continue reading
There are four ways that blogging benefits you as a writer: creation, career, promotion, and conversation. That’s according to the panelists Isla McKetta, Rebecca Bridge, Elissa Washuta, Ann Hedreen, and Jack Remick, all of whom have vast blogging experience. Continue reading