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Announcing MatadorU Writing Lab

Hey everyone,

Just a quick heads up that the editors will be launching the first MatadorU “Writing Lab” over the weekend. The goal is to hold our first lab on Monday.

The Lab is a chance to get public feedback from both editors and students on your writing.

Here’s how it works:

1. For your work to be considered, please leave a reply on this thread with a link to an assignment or blog you’ve written since being at MatadorU, and your name.

2. The editors will cull specific examples of ‘what works for us’ from the writing added. We cannot guarantee that everyone’s will be selected, however, people are free to bring up certain phrases / passages from their work during the lab.

3. Any MatadorU student who has completed chapters 1-3 is eligible to participate in the lab.

4. We’re going to speak to ‘what works’ rather than ‘what doesn’t work.’

5. We’re never critiquing the ‘writer,’ but only looking at the writing itself.

6. This will all take place inside the forums.

Ok everyone, looking forward to seeing links. Please try to keep the replies as brief as possible, ideally just leaving your link and name.

Thanks everyone.

View Profile 2009-09-18 13:11:38 PDT

Would LOVE to participate in this lab!

Here’s my hometown assignment…

And the name, of course, is Candice Walsh.

View Profile 2009-09-18 14:35:58 PDT

JoAnna Haugen

(I am particularly interested in hearing if the transitions in time “work.” Thanks!)

View Profile 2009-09-18 18:23:05 PDT

I am very excited to see what comes out of the Lab, this kind of group feedback and community is exactly what puts MatadorU ahead of the game.

Let’s see what y’all got!

View Profile 2009-09-19 19:20:14 PDT

Here’s my hometown assignment:

I really struggled with this one, so I’d love to know if it works …

(Neha Puntambekar)

View Profile 2009-09-19 20:17:47 PDT

@ Jill–hey I just missed you. We posted the first writing lab a few mintues ago. You can find it here:

We’ll definitely consider your work for next week’s lab. In the meantime, looking forward to reading it your story.

View Profile 2009-09-21 20:14:03 PDT

No worries, David. I can learn from what you say to other people, doesn’t have to be about me. ;-)

Cheers & thanks.

View Profile 2009-09-22 00:41:37 PDT


A novice writer and doing Chapter 2 okay to post in the writing lab?

Happy :)

View Profile 2009-09-22 11:24:15 PDT

@happy – for right now you have to wait another week to post (sorry). We need for students to have at least gone through chapter 3 (you’ll see why when you get there) just so everyone’s had the same lessons before posting. Looking forward to reading your work soon.

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