Preparation and reflection are the best ways to get the most out a session with your writing tutor.
- Divided into two sections, the first with three steps, the second with one step, the Author's Note is a simple tool that will help with the process.
- Write your answers to the first three steps before your session. These steps will help guide your conversation with your tutor.
- The last step should be completed after your session. This step will give you the material you need to tackle your next draft.
- A series of Author's Notes will allow you to chart revisions from draft to draft and also help you write your self-evaluation.
- Take a moment or three to consider your draft…and happy writing!
Before Your Session
Write the history of your draft.
- Why are you writing this piece?
- Where did you get the idea for the piece?
- How many drafts have you written?
- What has changed from draft to draft?
- Why did you make these choices or changes?
Note the strengths of your draft.
- What areas seem particularly strong?
- What parts make you proud?
- What about these parts strikes you as exemplary?
- What excites you about them?
3. Places for Improvement
Point out places for further revision.
- What areas are giving you trouble?
- Which seem confusing or out of place?
- What questions do you have for your tutor?
Review the knowledge you gained from your session.
- What feedback did you receive to aid your revision?
- What strategies will you use to approach writing your next draft?
- What questions did your tutor ask, and what were your answers?
- How might these answers guide you in your next draft?
- What is your plan for this draft, and why?