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Studio Tours

Print out this page and read it through before you start.

Projects are progressing, so it's time to look in on what others are doing.

This exercise runs in addition to your weekly postings, but it replaces your Weekly Summary for week 4. For this week, rather than look back over your work for the week, I'm asking you to look at the work of three other projects in the class and post your observations by next Sunday, 21 April, 2013. You can start and finish this exercise at any time during the week. Feel free to do it early.

In addition to your weekly postings, I'd like you to visit three projects and comment on what you see happening: studio tours. You'll post your comments for the writers of the projects you're visiting to a page on the wiki, or to a blog post on your blog. When you've completed your tour, announce it on the Daybook with a link to your page.

Project Proposals

Leah Fleming
Sarah Dahlheimer
Jake Ford
Jordon Malm
Devan Bierbrauer
Dennis Staples
Matt Lavrenz
Ryan Heilman
Matt Adams
Matt Burish
Jack Tuthill
Eric Christenson
Joe Stusynski

How to proceed

You can use a wiki page for this, or a blog page of your own.

Check list of Project Proposals above. Visit the three projects immediately following your own on the list. (So, Staples will visit Lavrenz, Heilman, and Adams, &c). Those at the end of the list visit those at the top of the list.

Start by reading the writer's project proposal

to get a sense of what the project is about working. There's no virtue in going in blind. The proposal should have a link to the project.

Then read around the project, look closely, click through the links, make some notes. Yes, make some notes.

Did I mention: make some notes! This kind of writing work is not best done off the cuff and top of your head. It's best done reflectively, slowly, working from notes to draft to final version.

Read and Observe and Compile Notes

Look at not just the writing but at the blog as a whole, or the structure of the wiki. People have selected templates and are adding add-ons to their blogs, adding commenting features, images, animated gifs. Some of the blogs and wiki projects involve feedback from readers. Look at how the partcipants are interacting, at who's doing what. Make some notes on how these fit into their project proposal. On wikis, notice how the wiki is structured, what links to what, and how that fits into the project.


For the writer, your purpose for the visit is to bring new eyes to the project and say what you see. For you, the visitor, the purpose of the visit is to see what others are doing. The purpose for writing is to get those thoughts in order.

So, fashion your comments from your notes
by pointing out
Your comments will also let the writer in on how the project is being understood from the outside. So,
I'll let you decide whether you're writing FOR the writer, TO the writer, or ABOUT the writer's work to others.

Link link link! You're on a wiki where the linking is easy, so use links to ground your observations so the writer can see what you're seeing.

This is not a critique session, so you don't have to evaluate. Advice might be nice. Describe and comment.


As a rough guide, I'm thinking 300 - 400 well-wrought words or so for each studio: a few of paragraphs or so, long enough to get to the meat, but concise enough to provide a clear vision of what you see. Think sonnets rather than book jacket blurbs.


As I mentioned, your studio tours replaces your weekly summary for this week. Keep up your regular postings, but let your visitors provide the stuff of reflection

Post your observations and comments on all three projects to a single page wiki page (StudioToursYourLastName) or in a single blog post. When ready, post a comment on the Daybook, mentioning who you visited, and linking to your tour posting. Your tourees will be looking forward to your comments.

Due midnight, 21 April, 2013 . Feel free to finish early.

And remember the Cage

Before you take your tours, you might want to refresh your memory of Some Rules for Students and Teachers by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent

Questions? Post them to Daybook and I'll respond there. Or email me. Or look for me in my office or in HS 109.

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