[DR]: Lit Critiques

by Molly (’15)

we practiced critiquing on this painting and its ekphratic poem

we practiced critiquing on this painting and its ekphratic poem

Once a marking period, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to write a review on a piece of published writing, focusing mostly on the craft. I doubt anybody really looks forward to writing these lit critiques, but by now it’s a bit of a rite of passage within creative writing, and this practice improves our essay-skills drastically. Recently, Maia Ipp has redesigned the way lit critiques (formerly lit reviews) are to be written; instead of focusing on the work inside an issue of a literary magazine, we can now choose any work of creative writing, and have the chance to study it in-depth and write a longer, more comprehensive essay.

Today in Creative Writing, Maia, after noting the despairing looks on our faces after being confronted with this new assignment, had us workshop our first lit critique drafts with our writing buddies. She even kindly extended the due-date toMonday so that we can be sure to have greatly improved our essays with the help of peer-editing. Thank you, Maia!

2012 Creative Writing Summer Session

Led by Maia Ipp, CW Artist-in-Residence
July 10—July 26 (3 weeks)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11 am—3 pm
Class held at Maia’s apartment in North Beach and in locations around the city

This summer workshop is an opportunity to exercise and deepen your
writing practice over the summer in a more experimental and less
formal setting. Using place-based inspiration from new adventures all
over the city, creative exercises, and workshopping, you’ll get to
spend 3 weeks focused on writing and developing your CW community
(including the incoming 9th graders!). It will be a great preparation
for CWII, or for the second year of CWI, where 10th graders step up to
a leadership position.

Fee is $500/student. Some need-based scholarship funds available.