Hey English 10,
Today we talked about the value of talking to others about our writing once we have come up with a rough version. The real merit of this is that sometimes we can be blind to positives/drawbacks because we are so close to what we are writing. Sometimes we don’t realize that there are holes in our writing because we know, in our heads, so much about what we’re writing about that other people don’t know. It’s easy to assume that others will know simply because we do. That doesn’t usually work. 🙂
Additionally, we’re taking this opportunity to check whether some major building blocks are working for readers- like whether people recognize/identify the emotional journey we go through in our memoir, and whether the change or transition that occurs in our lives is clear and makes sense. TAG conferences are a way to check/monitor that we’re on track with those big pieces.
Finally, TAG conferences provide us with opportunity to know whether there are things that are good, but leave readers wanting more. They help us know where there might be a great opportunity to use the power of metaphor to develop our “so what?” OR where a metaphor needs some work/connection to our big ideas. They help us identify places where maybe we’re trying to do too much as we write, and find suggestions and help about how to solve clutter/overcrowding of ideas.
Share your draft with two partners. You’ll need your draft, your TAG conference guide and some blank paper.
When you’re done, YOU should have noted on your draft places where good things are happening and where changes might be important.
When you’re done, YOU should have documented your suggestions about your partner’s memoir on a piece of paper you can leave with them as food for thought moving forward. NEVER LEAVE A CONFERENCE WITHOUT GIVING YOUR PARTNER YOUR FEEDBACK ON PAPER. People are trusting you with something they’ve created, and they’re asking you to help them know how to make it better. Be thorough, thoughtful and specific for others if you hope that people will be that way for/towards you.
Happy conferencing, and I hope these moments are “lightbulbs” about the power of collaboration in creating our best thinking and writing. 🙂
2016 02 24 – TAG conferencing, sample (PDF)