Negative Criticism or Positive Reinforcement?
Our course's workshop methods do not
“crush” students with hostile or negative criticism.
Some precocious students
ready for a more intensive style may feel impatient with the carefully
affirmative model set by the instructor or other students. They remain free to speak for themselves.
The instructor errs in the direction of positive reinforcement
because many students
will never take another creative writing course. This is our one opportunity to
encourage each other to improve and not give up.