Using Fiction Workshop Techniques in First-Year Legal Writing Classes
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 6, No. 2, (November 2012)
14 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2011 Last revised: 31 Dec 2012
Date Written: December 6, 2012
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
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