INSTRUCTOR: Sean Morrissey Carroll
TIME: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST
PRICE: Early bird price: $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers. The deadline for early bird pricing is Sunday, March 17. After Sunday, March 17: $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
LOCATION: Writespace, 1907 Sabine Street, #125, Houston, TX 77007 (map)
LEVEL: All levels
Many authors will tell you how important a critique group is for both accountability, community, and the creation of good writing, but how do we give and receive feedback in a critique group? Are we still requiring the writer to sit in silence in the center of a circle of peers appraising each word of a first draft with the critical eye of an old professor? That can feel more like a firing squad than feedback.
Those modes of critique feel outdated in a world that has moved beyond middle America into a global literary community. Relieve yourself of the anxiety and dread of the critique group firing squad, take back the interpretation of your own words, and learn to give and take critique better. Drawing from various texts that challenge those outdated models, including Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses, we will examine these alternative methods of critique in small groups and discuss why the old models are no longer effective. We will discuss why decolonization of critique groups is both urgently necessary and a much more effective means to foster writers and great writing.
Be prepared to bring one page of your writing, to speak about your own work and others’, and to critique a third party story.
This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. This project is generously funded by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Mid-America Arts Alliance.