Use the following questions to guide your descriptive analysis of your peers' work in preparation for our workshop conversation.
Remember that our approach to workshop is not to evaluate a piece as good or bad, but to read for how it is crafted. We also read the text critically, knowing that it is a form of cultural production that affects people and works upon the world.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: After reading only the first page, write down what, if anything, makes you want to keep reading.
After reading the story as a whole, consider the following. Respond to each of the categories, in any order, in your written response. We will discuss these concepts and ideas in more depth during the workshop.
VISION, AUDIENCE, GENRE: Help the writer to locate the piece in the textual landscape, to know how the story functions intertextually.
TENSION & SUSPENSE: Remember Charles Baxter’s words that “only hell is interesting.” Do problems and difficulties consistently sustain this story?
DIALOGUE, VOICE, AND POV:
THEME AND MOTIF:
RESEARCH: Suggest ways that outside research can help to support the story.
Also see: Ways of Reading in Creative Writing