- It is a 10-page document with a quiz at the end.
- The first purpose is to improve your critiquing skills.
- The second purpose is to help you to better accept and apply the critiques you receive.
Some Things You'll Learn in Critiquing School
Giving a Critique
- You are putting yourself in a position to help someone learn and grow. You must act with compassion and patience.
- Trying too hard usually results in too much or muddled feedback. K.I.S.S.
- Letting the writer know that something didn't connect in your head is plenty helpful. You don't need a solution.
- Positive feedback, if genuine, is very helpful. Writers need to know when something worked, so they can expand on the talent it took to do that.
Receiving a Critique
- Most critiquers really want to help.
- Avoid getting bogged down by a critique. Take time to find the "jewels" in the critique and sideline the rest.
- Really take in the positive comments. They are a "score" and should be celebrated.
- Recognize when someone is not being helpful and discard the critique.