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Summer School: The Art of Criticism - Giving and Receiving Feedback



Shivaun Plozza




Writers do not exist in a vacuum. Seeking feedback – be it from editors, teachers, beta readers, sensitivity readers, etc. – is an integral part of the writing journey.

A portrait of Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza


However, opening one’s writing to the opinions of others is naturally fraught with difficulties – who to listen to, how to interpret what is said, how much feedback to incorporate, how to maintain ownership of your writing while still being open to changes.
This hands-on workshop provides a practical guide to negotiating feedback and offers writers a chance to workshop their own writing projects while learning the ins and outs of giving, receiving and interpreting feedback.

You will learn

  • the importance of seeking feedback for the improvement of your writing craft
  • how to evaluate feedback – what to listen to and what to ignore
  • how to give constructive criticism to others
  • how to interpret feedback when it seems ambiguous, conflicting or dense
  • how to apply feedback to your writing without diluting your authorial intent.

About Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’, a darkly funny novel about a troubled teen willing to defy her friends, family and the law to find her missing brother. Her second novel, ‘Tin Heart’, is due for release early in 2018. Other works have appeared in anthologies and journals including ‘Where the Shoreline Used to Be’, ‘ELLE Australia’, ‘Text’ and ‘The Victorian Writer’. When not writing, Shivaun works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

Shivaun shared her thoughts about giving and receiving feedback with us in a Q&A. You can read it on this website.

Read more about our Summer School workshops:

Summer School: Writing for the Education Market, 12 January
Summer School: Short Story, 14 January
Summer School: Crime, 15 January
Summer School: Writing Picture Books, 16 January
Summer School: Going Indie – Successful Self-Publishing, 17 January
Summer School: Ekphrasis – The Art of Writing from Art, 18 January
Summer School: New Year, New Novel, 19 January
Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay, 20 January
Summer School: Editing Your Novel, 21 January
Summer School: Memorable Romance Characters, 22 January
Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction, 23 January
Summer School: World Building, 24 January
Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction, 25 January

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Registration for this event ended on 12 January 2018 - 2:00
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