People often ask “What was it like to go to college for writing?” I have no idea what it’s like at other schools. All I know is my experience being a writing student at Savannah College of Art and Design.
When the day of Dr. Kristen Iversen’s visit arrived, I woke up terribly sick. Between my fever and the number of antihistamines I took, I went through most of the day in a sweaty, lethargic, dizzy haze. While the smell of cherry cough drops rekindles a few memories, most of what I remember about that day comes from the notes I took. At least some part of me was clear-headed enough to make sure I could remember what stood out about getting to know Dr. Iversen for a day.
It’s been fun going through the nice and nonsensical comments my peers have left on my short stories over the years. Some are helpful, some are supportive, some are mean and some are just plain funny. They’re a great way to remind my fellow writers — particularly those new to having their work critiqued —Continue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments (bonus)”
Here we are, ladies and gents: the last Best and Worst of Critique Comments. It’s been a load of fun and I love all the wonderful reactions you’ve posted here or on Facebook. Thank you very much to everyone who has been reading this mini-series since it began! This final story was only 500 words.Continue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments #6”
Last week, my duties as an intern took me to various classrooms. Several designers were visiting for SCADstyle to give lectures, talk on panels and meet students. I attended the events and shadowed some of the visitors, taking notes on how they interacted with students and the advice they gave. I had the opportunity toContinue reading “Advice From the Pros (And How to Take It)”
Ah, the return of a popular series! If you need to catch up on the last four episodes, you can find all of those right here. The guidelines are slightly different from last time; instead of writing an 8-10 page short story for class, the limit is 6-8. We still had to print off 30Continue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments #5”
The final verbal critique of the quarter. The 500 word short story I wrote for class was one I’m very proud of. I spent a few weeks on it and even volunteered to read first two days before we had to sign up for days to read. Saying I was excited is a bit ofContinue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments #4”
As with my fiction class last quarter, our first two stories are critiqued by the whole class. Everyone gets a copy to write on and we read it aloud. A moment of insanity struck me the day we signed up for when we’d present our stories. When no one volunteered to go first, the voiceContinue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments #3”