- What was your favorite writing assignment? Why?
We didn’t really have writing assignments, but rather, we had writing activities that we did in the beginning of class. My favorite one of those was when we got into a group and folded the paper and read what our group came up with. Or the time we did it as a whole class. Those activities were really fun, and some people were able to create some cool pieces of writing based on what happened with those activities.
What was your least favorite writing assignment? Why?
I don’t think I have a least favorite because they all proved useful in one way or another.
Discuss your reactions to full-group workshops. Would you change them in any way?
I really think that the full group workshops are productive. It is a great way to get feedback from a whole group, versus just a couple of people which is usually the case. I think it also gets the class talking and discussing, which brings the class together as a whole. The only thing I would change about the full-group workshops is the lag, or down time that there was. Sometimes, someone would read a piece and no one would say anything for five minutes. It was kind of awkward, so maybe if you could figure out a system for that, it would be helpful in moving the workshops along. Also, it may be helpful for the person handing out his or her piece to read it out loud before. I like the idea of critiquing a piece, and then coming to class and hearing how it was suppose to sound, and maybe taking a different stance, but it may be helpful to read it before we all depart to go critique the piece.
Discuss your reactions to small-group workshops. Would you change them in any way?
I really liked the small group workshops, even more than the full-group workshops because you were able to see the same people’s work during the group time. There were many times where we would bring in pieces that the group had made revision suggestions to, and look over the revised work and critique that, so I think the small-group provided great feedback. The only way I would change the small group workshops would be to have only a couple people bring their work in, so we could spend more time on each person’s individual pieces. We had three people bringing work in, and sometimes I felt like one piece would get pushed to the side while we focused on someone else’s, or we didn’t have time to fully commit to one piece because of the time we spent on another.
Did the overall course structure (two portfolios, emphasis on invention before revision, arrangement, delivery) helped your writing practice?
I do believe the course structure helped with my writing practice and the different aspects there are to that process. With the final portfolio, I think that we should get some revision advise before we turn them in, because I included some new pieces that hadn’t been critiqued by anyone, and I didn’t really think they were completely final, although I did see them as close to their final product. So maybe, if you arranged the calendar to accommodate the final switch earlier so we could get feedback, change a few things, and then turn it in, that may be helpful to students.
Would you have liked more specific instructions on genre conventions (e.g. poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, etc.) or were you comfortable with the multigenre or genre-less approach to writing? Explain your answer.
I actually would have liked more explanation on the different genres because this was an introduction class, and I, myself, was new to the different genres (some of them). It might be helpful to do a quick overview or provide some examples for us to see and try a piece of our own so that we understand the concept, layout, or any of the other elements included in each genre.
Did you like having the opportunity to negotiate grading criteria? Were you able to fully participate in this process? How would you change it for future classes?
I really liked the structure of the class and the input you took from us about the grading criteria. I thought you went about it as fair as you could, and I think that is good. I feel like students perform better if they have set some of the standards they need to be living up to, and that is what this class felt like for me. Other than the fact that this was an extremely enjoyable class, it was really nice to participate in that process and discuss it as a class.
Did keeping a journal and blog help your writing practice? Explain.
I loved having the tangible object, the journal, and the online ability to write as well. I didn’t mind that we had to blog twice a week, but a lot of the time I found myself writing what was in my journal, on the blog. I don’t think that is a bad thing, and like I said, I liked having both the object and the online access. Plus it was interesting to learn about a blog for the future.
What did you use the blog medium for (creative writing, reading response, journaling, etc.)?
I used the blog for journaling and creative writing.
Discuss my performance as an instructor. Did you find the way the course was conducted satisfactory? Would you have liked the instruction to be different? Explain.
I did like the way the course was conducted. It was a very relaxed environment which made class really enjoyable. We were able to talk about anything, and it was very open. I think the instruction was great and the examples you provided were very helpful. Your blog was always up to date and very helpful as well. I really enjoyed the way the class was conducted, and think you did a great job.
Please offer some advice or helpful hints for students taking this course in the future.
Dear future students–embrace writing as a time to tell a story. Whether it be about a deep and personal event, the weather, or a fictional story about a girl going to the mall, embrace it and own it. We are so lucky to be able to freely write about whatever we want. We have the power to change with our writing, so don’t hesitate to share your work. The workshops may seem scary at first, putting yourself out there for others to judge and see the work you may have once thought no one would see, but it is really a great time to get feedback and revise some pieces. And last, write..write..write!