VIRTUAL: How to Talk to a Writer: The Dos and Don’ts of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


For years, “brutal honesty” was the standard for feedback in writing programs and critique groups. Today, we hear talk of “feedback sandwiches” and the power of positive feedback, but how do these approaches serve? Our panel of instructors and authors will offer insights on how to give feedback in a way that serves and supports students across genres and backgrounds. Attendees can also expect insights on how feedback recipients themselves can manage the process to make the most of this resource.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_How_to_Talk_to_a_Writer.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Supplemental_materials_1_How_to_Talk_to_a_Writer.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Supplemental_materials_2_sample_chapter_from_Toxic_Feedback_How_to_Talk_to_a_Writer.pdf



Joni B. Cole is the author of seven books, including Good Naked: How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier and Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive. She teaches creative writing at her own Writer's Center of White River Junction in Vermont and other graduate programs and conferences around the country.

Juan J. Morales is the author of three poetry collections and a forthcoming book with UNM Press. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, an associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and a professor of English at Colorado State University Pueblo.

Emily Bernard is the author of Black is the Body, winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. She is a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, which won the New Hampshire Literary Award, and Circulation. His stories appear in Conjunctions, AGNI, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He is a visiting assistant professor in the Stony Brook MFA in writing and literature and an editor at Conjunctions.

Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collections origin story and Missing You, Metropolis, and coeditor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry. He’s an associate professor in English and creative writing at the College of Charleston.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center