Studio Tours Exercise

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

Read this exercise all the way through before starting.

This exercise runs in addition to your project postings, but it replaces your Weekly Summary for this week. 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 midnight Tues 9 April. You can start and finish this exercise at any time during this week. Feel free to do it early.

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. To announce, leave a comment on the blog post announcing the studio tours.

Project Proposals

Links directly to the project are on The Daybook

How to proceed

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

Check the list of Project Proposals above. Visit the three projects immediately following your own on the list. (So, Abbie will visit Aidan, Raya, and Andrew; Aidan will visit Raya, Andrew, and Dani, &c). Those at the end of the list visit those at the top of the list.

It the project seems to have been abandoned, with little posted since the first week, move on to the next one.

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. If the link doesn't work, try the Daybook page.

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, thoughtful 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, find the announcement of the Studio Tours post on the Daybook, and post a response, mentioning who you visited, and linking to your tour posting. Your tourees will be looking forward to your comments.

9 April 2018. Feel free to finish early.

Questions? Post them to the comments on The Daybook and I'll respond there. Or email me. Or look for me in my office, HS 314.

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