Please critique me,
I don’t mind.
Please be honest,
but be kind.
I have just finished reading Alan Ziegler’s, The Writing Workshop Note Book. This book is one that I will add to my desk top. It is more than just a guide for you if you are attending a writing workshop. It introduces you to the mechanics of a writing workshop and it provides tips for reading, writing, critiquing and teaching the craft.
Ziegler acknowledges that writers’ have different approaches to writing by sharing examples of students he has taught, writers he has known, as well as what he knows about historical writers of the past. He encourages you as a writer to find your own style and voice.
Interlude 1 is a collection of writing exercises that provide inspiration for all writers, no matter what you write. One suggestion has already helped me create a long list of new pieces for my memoir collection.
The section called Prepping for the Workshop, is an approach to revisions. It provides guidelines for critiquing the work of others, but you will also go back to it frequently to revise your own work.
The closing section has advice to help you accept the critiquing process and to get the most out of it. Zielger shares several short antidotes about his own experiences that will amuse you and remind you that everyone can benefit from thoughtful critiquing.