The essay is a dialogue--a conversation between the author and the reader. It is active. It is an exchange. Of course, writing also demands a certain amount of solitude, those hours logged in front of a computer or spent with a pen pressed deeply on the page. But when a writer sits down to write, he or she must always keep the reader in mind. Writing is a communal act.
Our weekly, hour-long Writing Circles are based on this communal concept. Throughout the semester, we read drafts of one another’s work, offering feedback as readers. With this feedback in hand, writers generally become confident in revising their work and moving toward stronger, more cohesive drafts.
In addition to facilitated discussion, each week’s meeting includes learning particular writing strategies, including free-writing, outlining, and creating thesis statements, as fitting for your work at that stage of the semester.