Crit Your Craft Writing Workshop
Looking to get some feedback on a novel chapter or short story? Want to connect with the Tallahassee writing community? This is the chance for both!
Over the course of the spring semester, Strozier Library will be hosting a series of writing workshops in partnership with the Tallahassee National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group. These sessions offer everyone an amazing opportunity to get some fresh perspectives on their writing.
Preparing to Participate:
- Submitting work is not necessary. Everyone is welcome to attend to offer support and feedback to others in the group.
- This series will be mostly focused on narrative fiction (short stories and sections of longer works). Other genres and types are welcome (for example, narrative nonfiction, poetry, etc), but it may be that no one else is familiar enough with the style to offer in-depth comments.
- If you are submitting a piece please limit it to 1 short story, 1 chapter from a longer work. Submissions should be 10 pages or less so we have time to go through everybody’s work.
- If it is at all possible, submit your work ahead of time so participants have a chance to give it a read before the actual workshop.
- To do this, please upload the document as a Google Doc and set the sharing permissions to either "Everyone with a link can comment" or "Everyone with a link can edit."
- Send the created share link to email@example.com. You will receive a reply with links to all of the pieces that will be workshopped for whatever session you signed up for.
- Submissions will also be accepted during the workshop, but preference will be given in the schedule to works submitted ahead of time.
When formatting your piece for submission:
- Please include the title of your piece and your name within the document, in the header for example.
- If your piece is a part of a longer work and you aren’t starting from the beginning provide a brief summary (one paragraph or so) of what has happened up until this point.
- Use Times New Roman or similar as your font.
When critiquing someone else’s work:
- Utilize the comments feature on Google docs so that the author can go back and read the comments after the session.
- The main goal is improvement so leave comments that help the author improve the work.
- Be constructively honest. For example don’t leave comments like “I don’t like this” but instead leave comments more along the lines of “This part confused me because...” so that the author knows the route they should take to improve.
- Be specific. Even positive comments such as “I like this part” won’t help as much as saying “This part works because...” will.
Register for the workshop on Zoom.
Friday, April 2 at 6:30pm