Dropbox workshop directions and deadlines here.
1. Submit revision of one of your three essays for workshop; name document LastnameFirstnameWorkshopEssay and place in “Workshop” folder in Dropbox by Thursday, June 19: 11:59pm.
2. Copy all of the files onto your hard drive. DO NOT work on the files in the folder.
3. Rename each file this way: LastnameFirstnameWorkshopEssay MARKED BY YOUR NAME
4. Make comments in each of your fellow students’ work and upload to the folder called “PUT MARKED ONES HERE PLEASE” inside the Workshop folder.
Dropbox folder Comments on fellow students’ work due Monday, June 23, 11:59pm.
Mark up everyone’s drafts. You can do this any number of ways.
– If you have a scanner, print out the pages and mark them up old school with a pen, then scan the pages and load them up. That’s probably too much of a bother.
– You can do it by just typing into the document what questions or marks you want to do. Use all caps. Like, in this sentence, I MIGHT TYPE “I WANT SOMETHING MORE HERE” OR “I AM A BIT CONFUSED.”
– If you are in Microsoft Word, feel free to use the same Word comments “track changes” feature, where if you cross out something, or add something, it will show up like this. To turn this on, I use the keyboard shortcut of CTL+SHIFT+E; you can also to the Review > Tracking > Track Changes.
The bottom line: you need to mark up each other’s drafts.
What, exactly, are you marking up?
Grammar, of course. Punctuation. Mechanics. Things that are confusing or unclear.
Also, written comments — you can write in comments throughout the draft (even using Word comments, if you like, or in the middle or end of the draft.
What is the situation of the essay? What is the story?
- What is this scene really about?
- What problem does the author seem to be wrestling with, or trying to solve?
- What questions remain unanswered?
- What do you think the writer is trying teaching us or him/herself?
- Should the writer use figurative or literal language? In other words, should the writer use images, comparison or metaphor, or try to tell us exactly what is happening? Why?
- Where in this draft could the writer introduce a narrator, one that uses retrospective voice us understand what is going on in this scene? (Lopate)
- Should there be dialogue? How much dialogue should be paraphrased?
- Is there parts where the writer is “telling”? Does it work? (That “show, don’t tell” rule isn’t so hard-and-fast in memoir writing, you know.)
- Should some kind of backstory be introduced? For example, should there be a flashback scene or tangent.
These are just suggestions, but what I am looking for is evidence that you have read the examples and essays, thought about personal essays and what they do, and can apply them to each other’s work.