Workshop Guidelines

  1. Read each other’s essays, making minimal notes in the margins.
  2. Describe your essay’s motive to your group; ask the group if they can identify where you articulate motive and which of Walk’s “motivating moves” are involved.
  3. As a group, discuss the sentences in each of your essays where you describe the intertextual relationship between your two texts. Do you categorize it? What language do you use to describe it? Have you explained the relationship accurately? Interestingly? In precise terms?
  4. What does this intertextual relationship reveal about definitions or representations of the human? (The answer should be your thesis–more or less.)
  5. Discuss Harvey’s elements: Which are you using most effectively? Which need work?

Wild Card: At this stage in the process, you may decide to make changes to the essay’s structure–for example, move a paragraph, combine two paragraphs, or assign one of your paragraphs a different role or job. Just be sure to let me know what changes you’ve made in a cover letter you submit with your revised essay. 

Finally, talk through your plans for revision in concrete terms. Make a list of steps you will take to make your essay as strong as it can  be.

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