Using Fiction Workshop Techniques in First-Year Legal Writing Classes

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 6, No. 2, (November 2012)

University of Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-32

14 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2011 Last revised: 31 Dec 2012

Michelle Falkoff

University of Iowa - College of Law

Date Written: December 6, 2012

Abstract

The ability to critique one’s own work is invaluable to writers in every field, but teaching students how to critique their work and the work of others is one of the most difficult lessons to impart. The goal of this Article is to talk about ways that legal writing teachers can incorporate fiction workshop techniques as a means of teaching students the art of critiquing their own and others’ writing. In particular, this Article focuses on the workshop techniques employed at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the development of a common language for discussing writing in group settings.

Keywords: legal writing, fiction, workshop, critique

Suggested Citation

Falkoff, Michelle, Using Fiction Workshop Techniques in First-Year Legal Writing Classes (December 6, 2012). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 6, No. 2, (November 2012); University of Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1911938

Michelle Falkoff (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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