'I really enjoyed the presentation,' said participant Lisa Holt. 'It was upbeat and easy to follow.'
Laden with copious handouts and a comprehensive slideshow, A. R. Levett taught the group about the difference between a review and a critique, outlaid the three stages of critiquing, and detailed the specifics about critiquing a story its craft.
'Andrew covered the basics in a very practical way,' said Lisa.
'The detailed presentation was thorough and helpful,’ agreed Francess Day.
'It was very informative,' said Stephan Baroni. 'Awesome handouts.'
Alex Holt also delighted in the handouts she took home, appreciating A. R. Levett’s thorough and cordial methods. 'I liked the in-depth approach,' she said, 'and how Andrew worked with us so he knew we were understanding what he was saying.'
During the second half of the session, A. R. Levett presented some examples of good and bad critiquing, which the group easily dissected. Afterwards, he led participants through a comprehensive critiquing exercise. The group performed admirably.
By the end, participants were confident they could perform a constructive critique. And they left with a smile on their faces, eager to learn more.
'It was an excellent, well presented workshop,' said Angela, 'which held my interest and provided me with many new facts to implement in the future.'
'I feel I could walk right out and start critiquing using his notes,' agreed Lisa. 'And it whetted my appetite for more.'
Stephan concurred. 'I would love to learn more from Andrew.'
A. R. Levett will be running the 10-week course, Mapping Your Novel from 2 September 2017. You can learn more about A. R. Levett's workshops and courses here and here.