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Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive / Edition 1
     

Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive / Edition 1

by Joni Cole
 

ISBN-10: 1584655445

ISBN-13: 9781584655442

Pub. Date: 07/31/2006

Publisher: University Press of New England

All writers have stories of how some teacher, workshop participant, friend, or spouse gave them commentary that undermined their confidence and their writing. This “toxic feedback” has tainted feedback's reputation as a whole, causing too many writers to avoid or mismanage this valuable resource.

In the first book to focus on this vital but delicate

Overview

All writers have stories of how some teacher, workshop participant, friend, or spouse gave them commentary that undermined their confidence and their writing. This “toxic feedback” has tainted feedback's reputation as a whole, causing too many writers to avoid or mismanage this valuable resource.

In the first book to focus on this vital but delicate dynamic, Joni B. Cole applies first-person experience, real-life teaching examples, and her own unique ability to entertain while reaffirming the many merits of feedback. Cole shows writers how to use feedback to energize and inform their writing at every stage of the process. For feedback providers, she delivers insights into constructive criticism and the difference between being heard and being obnoxious. Finally, she offers advice to workshops and critique groups on how to thrive in this collective experience.

In addition, established writers ranging from Julia Alvarez and Khaled Hosseini to Gregory Maguire and Jodi Picoult share their own feedback stories -- from useful to inspiring to deranged -- underscoring Cole's message that feedback plays a critical role in every writer's success.

Through a mixture of instruction, anecdotes, and moral support, Cole manages to detoxify the feedback process with humor and without laying blame, inspiring both sides of the interaction to make the most of this powerful resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584655442
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Every Writer Has a Story
Rethinking Feedback
What is Feedback?
EQ
Sarah Stewart Taylor: “Wow! This could be my job.”
Getting Feedback
Is It You . . . or Is It Them?
Processing Feedback
Samina Ali: “I would have sold my soul.”
Twenty-Two Years
Editing Your Editor
Ernest Hebert: “I wanted writing to be easy for me and it wasn’t.”
Feedback Hotlines
“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!”
Jennifer Crusie: “A story is a collaboration between a writer and a reader.”
The Club
Waiting for Feedback
Archer Mayor: “Emotion is a blinding force.”
The Value of Toxic Feedback
Giving Feedback
Preventing Mental Meltdowns
The Power of Positive Feedback
Grace Paley: “My nature wasn’t ambitious enough to go ahead on my own.”
A Right Way and a Wrong Way
Can You Please Be More Specific!
Khaled Hosseini: “Even if the book is good, no one is going to want to publish it.”
The Moment of Truth
Common Human Decency
Don (D. B.) Johnson: “My best advice is to marry well.”
Editorial Biases
Get That Look Off Your Face
Ted Kooser: “We all serve communities.”
Small Miracles
In the Company of Writers
Hey, Let’s Put On a Workshop!
How to Have a Good Group Discussion
Gregory Maguire: “I don’t revise in an architectural way.”
Who’s in Charge?
The Top Ten Rules of a Successful Writing Group
Julia Alvarez: “My dream of becoming a writer was a fool’s dream.”
Meet the World’s Worst Workshop
Publishing
Jodi Picoult: “I call our relationship my second marriage.”
Can Creative Writing Be Taught?
Crystal Wilkinson: “Processing feedback has to be a meditation.”
In Appreciation of Bad Writing
Epilogue: Feedback and the Real World
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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