Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Re: Fielding the first round of feedback.

by Marita Siddal

I know that many of you traditional MFA students are all abuzz with settling in their new, campus-accessible abodes . . . As much as I wince to interrupt such merriment . . . You might be interested to know that meanwhile, your low-res cousin has already received the first full blast of feedback for the semester! And, honestly, it kinda blew me away. If you'd like to hear my humble account of how my dear VCFA adviserr tenderly laid bare -- or rather, stripped naked -- all the shortcomings in my first graduate school submission, check out today's post on my individual blog.


  1. Ooooh, I'm going to read right now! lol

  2. I think you just made me more nervous ;)

    No, seriously, it's good to hear other people's experiences with critique. Thank you for sharing!

  3. It's funny. Of all my worries, the least of them has been what my professors would have to say about my work lol. That's odd. I guess I've been worried most about what my workshop mates will say. I have my fears all messed up. This was a reality check, for sure. Thanks for sharing Marita!

  4. How awesome to have really begun! I'm jealous, at GMU we don't start workshop until second semester. What VA suburb do you live in? I'm in Falls Church.

  5. Aha JayTee, you are too funny! You are taking a workshop with Gregory-I-AM-A-DEMIGOD-OF-POETRY-Orr and you were worried about classmates? I would be SO intimidated! Though maybe I have my fears a little messed up, too. I took all my classmates' criticisms to heart, but certainly didn't feel intimidated by them in the slightest. Might have something to do with how much PBR we'd been consuming together . . .

    Jennifer, I'm in Stafford. So, forty-five minutes south of you. Do you make your way into the capital much?

  6. Marita -- Up until about a year ago I worked in downtown DC, but I don't get there much lately.


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