Send ✎

Because your work wants a second opinion.

Writers in the collective are ready to read your work and give you feedback. In fact, this is sometimes just what you need to put your writing into proper perspective.

You can use this page to drop a link to the work you would like read and critiqued at one of our regularly scheduled writing workshops.

Our process is symbiotic, meaning we depend on your attendance and participation in at least three workshops during one in which you will not only receive feedback but give it.

So, take a minute to read the details on this page and complete the form below. Click “send” and we will contact you soon.


FAQs

Where and when are DPWC workshops held? Workshops are held online, the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10AM to 12PM. And a Zoom link will be emailed to you via the address you provide.

What file format is accepted? We’re only able to accept Google Doc links for now. Fortunately, this makes receiving feedback and files from fellow readers quite easy.

When must I send my work if I want it critiqued? Send your work at least 10 days prior to the 2nd Saturday of each month (or earlier if you can manage). It’s important you stipulate the date on which you would like to receive your critique. You can do so on the form below. (e.g., if you send us your work on September 4, you can request a critique at the workshop on September 18, and if you send your work on September 25 you can request a critique on October 9, and etc.).

How many workshops must I attend? We ask that you attend and participate in at least three workshops. This means, if you attend one workshop at which feedback is given you, then plan on attending two more in order to provide a fellow writer some feedback too. Our model works best when it employs this kind of symbiosis.

Will I give feedback to others on the day my work is critiqued? No. But you’ll be committed to participate as a reader for two consecutive workshops following the one at which you received your critique.

Who will attend and participate in these workshops? We conduct DPWC workshops with members only. If you’re interested in becoming a member, begin the process by making your request on the “contact” page of this site.

What is expected of me? We aim to make our workshops amiable, and as a participant you will wear two hats; one by which your work will receive feedback from fellow participants (accept this with grace), and another by which you’ll read the work of your fellow writers and give feedback. The latter role as reader demands you be thoughtful and formulate responses that encourage your colleagues with valuable suggestions that will help them improve upon their work.

Will DPWC writing workshops be held year-round? This’ll be determined by the success of what we do this school year and by writers who are willing to volunteer.

Upcoming Workshops (2nd Saturday of each month)
September 18
October 9 
November 13 
December 11 

Before sending your work 

  1. Create a Google Doc.
  2. Format the doc using 1-inch margins and double-spacing.
  3. Use appropriate and readable fonts (Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial, or Garamond).
  4. Limit your work to 25 pages max (prose) / 2 poems or 4-5 for shorter poems / 5 pages nonfiction essays.
  5. These limitations may be extended or reduced base on the work we critique and time we have available.
  6. Share a clear and readable version of your work for your fellow participants to critique.
  7. Write a note regarding your place in the writing process (e.g., your overall goal for the work, your decisions regarding the work, your intention and purpose for the work, etc.).
  8. Choose “Anyone with the link” before copying and pasting your Google Doc link in the form below.

Offline, reader responses to work from fellow workshop writers

  1. We only work with Google Docs.
  2. Within the doc, you will provide encouragement and responses or feedback to work you’ve received from fellow participants. Make your responses brief and clear on a half or a whole page, double-spaced. You can also use the “comment” feature throughout the document.
  3. Read the work twice. The first time, with little criticism, jotting down reactions, first impressions, the work’s obvious strengths, and any questions you might have from that reading. The second time, read while considering where the work is in relation to the author’s intent, purpose, and process. Use the “comments” feature to leave questions regarding specific passages.
  4. Provide “what-if” questions.

Example: “This bit of background information comes in the second paragraph of the first page. What if it’s moved to the following page? Would this improve the timing?”

Online, reader responses to work from fellow writers

  1. During the ZOOM portion of the workshop, we suggest the writer (the person whose work is under critique) remain silent, letting the evaluations flow freely.
  2. Readers should share their observations, questions, and suggested revisions at this time. Readers can extend “whys” to the writer to illuminate how the writing has shaped/impacted/informed their understanding of the work.

Example: “Consider the age and level of vocabulary we see in this character, are these elements at odds?” or “Can you achieve greater character believability by…” or “Take a close look at XYZ factors that diminish your character’s believability, and try _______ .”

  1. After each reader has offered the writer feedback, the writer can respond by asking clarifying questions, requesting further support and discussion, and thanking fellow participants.

Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC)