So we have had a packed week! This week, to condense things, we’re making the workshop our blog post, so you will post your Romani proverb poem to your blog. You can cut and paste or you can attach a document to your post. Then you will choose someone who hasn’t already been workshopped and respond with 300 words of workshop feedback.
How you will respond: Poetry Workshop Guidelines. Pay special attention to the use of proverbs, though, of course. How can they use the proverb better? Strengthen or freshen the metaphor? How can it be stronger? More compelling? There’s always room for improvement, so really think about the poetic techniques and devices that the writer uses or could use. What kinds o cultural allusions or symbols could the poet use or strengthen?
1. Comment on your chosen partner’s post: say something like, “I’m workshopping your poem! (LOL catz, totes).” That way everyone knows that the poem is already staked-out. Don’t give your feedback in the comment. You’ll see why.
2. Post your 300 word response on your own blog. Link to their poem-post in your post.
a. I suggest using track changes so you can use marginalia comments s part of your 300 words. You want to preserve the changes, so don’t “accept.” Just save as-is after you make all your comments. If you use a mac, you can try this. Or you can go to one of the many computer labs and use Word there.
c. Or if you prefer to respond with a paragraph of comments without the document, just post as usual.
*Note: to insert the document, I had to start a post, then save it, and then open it again to Edit before I could use the insert Media option in the left-hand sidebar. You might not have to, but maybe you will.
Let me know if you have questions about the assignment, workshop, or poems. If it’s a technical problem, research it yourself first. Just Google your question– there will be tutorials by pros. If that doesn’t work, you can also go to FSU’s Digital Studio in Johnston if you’re in a group or Williams if you’re solo. Make appointments here, but they also take walk-ins.
Please respond to your partner by Friday at the latest. This assignment counts both as your blog post and your workshop, so it’s double-important that you do it.Happy workshopping!
And remember, “Don’t use your boot to crush a snake’s tail; you can crush its head with your barefoot.” –Romani proverb
Hancock’s ‘translation’: “If you don’t do a job properly, no amount of preparation will make it succeed.”