LITR 3731 Creative Writing
Draft Exchanges (in-person or email)
with others as much as you like, in person, by phone or email, in
revising your manuscripts or helping others with theirs.
For the poetry or fiction assignment that a student is
not presenting to class, that assignment must be edited and
revised through a draft exchange involving an Author and two Reviewers. (At
least one reviewer must be a fellow student in our course.)
Purpose: to help you
revise your manuscript and to provide content for the “Revision Account”
required in your poetry or fiction submission.
For the manuscript s/he is not presenting to
the whole class, the Author gives at least two reviewers (students and
outsiders) one or
more manuscripts for review.
The Author may explain contexts and ask for
Reviewers read your manuscript, evaluate it, ask
questions, and make suggestions
The Author may respond to reviewers with comments
about changes and revised manuscript. (This cycle may be repeated as often as
Or the Author may simply absorb the first round
of suggestions and explain how they were incorporated in the “Revision Account”
that accompanies the submission.
Justification for draft exchanges:
Critiquing either a poetry or a fiction manuscript
outside of class frees up time that would be taken if each student read both a
poetry and fiction manuscript.
Email draft exchanges provide an exercise in
non-classroom, self-directed sharing and editing of creative writing. Creative
writers not enrolled in classes often participate in such exchanges,
formally or informally.
Who can be
your outside reviewers?
one of your reviewers must be a student in our class. If you have
difficulties arranging this, confer with instructor.
other reviewer(s) may be friends, relatives, mentors, whoever you're
comfortable with--but try to recruit someone with plenty to offer.