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We tried to do something like a traditional feedback group In the early years of our writing workshop. One person would email a paper or dissertation chapter to the whole group, and everyone was supposed to read it before the meeting. The problem was that most people didn’t read it. In a group of ten to fifteen busy people, many of whom don’t know each other well and feel overwhelmed by their own workloads, few were willing to spend the hours needed to read and comment on a classmate’s article before each meeting. We have found a way to modify the feedback forum so that it works much better for us. Each person still signs up for one 30-minute time slot per term to get feedback, but no one reads anything before the meeting now. Instead, we limit the writing samples to 2 pages or less and we all read them together, right there in the meeting. The author uploads the paper to a Google team drive, and we all read and comment on it simultaneously. We use the ‘suggesting’ function in Google Docs (we call this ‘setting phasers to stun’). We typically spend 20 minutes reading and commenting, followed by 10 minutes of verbal discussion. These videos show the process in action.
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