A workshop critique typically takes the form of a letter addressed to the writer and signed by you. In your critique, you should address both what works and what doesn’t work in the essay, offering revision strategies and examples for the author to consider. Remember: let all criticism and commentary serve the essay. Be precise in your critique. It is not particularly useful to say, for instance, “You have a good introduction.” Rather, you should tell the writer what makes it good. Likewise, it is not enough to say, “Your introduction needs work.” Rather, you must offer reasons and suggestions for improving this. The thought you put into your critique is useful not only to the writer but also yourself, as you will learn what makes a strong academic essay through your efforts. You may use the following questions to help formulate your workshop critique, offering revision advice wherever appropriate. 1.
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