|Reading and Critiquing Creative Writing|
For this discussion, select one short story or poem from Chapters 1 through 5 of your primary text or from the Sample Critique – Fiction (Links to an external site.) and Sample Critique – Poetry (Links to an external site.)., and write a practice critique. Review the sample critiques:
Address the following questions in your critique:
- What is the central idea, subject, or emotion expressed in the piece?
- What is the tone of the piece?
- Is language used to create effective imagery, or could the images be made stronger? If so, how?
- What was the point of view of the piece, and how does it inform your reading?
- Is the ending effective? Why, or why not?
- Does the piece build on a particular theme? Is its exploration of the theme effective, or could it be made more so?
- What suggestions would you make to the author to improve the work?
Be sure to use specific examples from the piece to substantiate your critique. Remember that a critique includes constructive criticism and praise, but it should strive to balance both. It is important for the author being critiqued to understand how his or her piece is being read and whether or not the intent of the writing is conveyed effectively.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite your sources using APA style.
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Each required response to classmates must meet or exceed 150-300 words. In your responses, you may choose to address how your peers approached the text in their critiques. You may note that some of your peers discuss what they like or dislike about the piece; if this is the case, you may choose to question why they liked or disliked the piece and question how its construction evoked such responses. Remember to bring the focus back to what the piece under consideration does, how it works, and why it is effective or not as effective as it could be.