3/9 – On Conferencing

Daily Warm up – Write in response to one of these four things:

  1. The greatness of sandwiches
  2. Parades
  3. Boxers or briefs? Discuss.
  4. Screw You

Today is day 2 of your contract writing, but before you get started, we need to talk about what makes a good conference, and what to do after you’ve had a good conference!

Part I: Good Conferences

1. A good conference is specific about goals. The writer asks the reader a specific question or focuses the reader’s attention  on a specific element of the work.

Yes: “I’m worried about the second stanza. I don’t think my imagery is working.”

No: “Would you read this and tell me what you think?”

2. A good conference is specific about feedback. The writer tells the reader which Type of Feedback to give.

3. A good conference leaves the writing with the writer. The reader doesn’t attempt to write FOR the writer or “fix” the writing for the writer.

Part II: After A Good Conference: The writer revises.



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A Poetry Revision (trying to use more concrete images)


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A Poetry Revision (adjusting lineation and syntax)
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A Prose Revision (trying to use dialogue and action instead of just telling about it)

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