LaMonaca's Workshop: Punctuation with Purpose

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13 November 2008

This workshop is now CLOSED. We have an almighty 20 entries, so please could you take some time to look at the entries for this workshop and share your feedback and critique. LaMonaca is looking at the entries also, and will be responding on Sunday.

:bulletred: Love by 8ankH
:bulletblue: Punctuating with Purpose by brytning
:bulletred: The Grammar Gangsters by CyberPhantom
:bulletblue: The sunset line by dimerization
:bulletred: Bathroom Sound Waves by Drunken-Splice
:bulletblue: Lines by GaioumonBatou
:bulletred: Late Afternoons in Poland by GrimEden
:bulletblue: I hate chicken Wings by ilutiern
:bulletred: No one knows by Imperial-Obsession
:bulletblue: Parabola by infrangiblegreen
:bulletred: Waking Up by inspiredimperfection
:bulletblue: Leave the door open by KrystalIce
:bulletred: Ode to Hair by mintleaves
:bulletblue: I Have My Reciept by Nefex
:bulletred: Diminished abyss by phillGH
:bulletblue: itkeepsmeupatnight by rainbowsaur
:bulletred: ? by teenagegeek
:bulletblue: Trust by UnfeelingAlloy
:bulletred: Videotape by videotaped
:bulletblue: Untitled i by wonderfulrachel

12 November 2008

:new: We have just over 13 hours until this workshop closes! We've had an excellent amount of sumbissions so far, but we're always willing to accept more!

Please remember to note Writers-Workshop and not our host directly. This is so we can ensure you are on our list for other members to view your work too!

Thank you

02 November 2008

LaMonaca’s Workshop: Punctuating Poetry: Punctuate with Purpose


LaMonaca is a high school English teacher and part-time college writing professor in Pennsylvania; she has articles in several scholarly journals, two nationally-known print magazines, and a plethora of internet-based publications. Known to deviantArt as ‘Teacher-Lady’ in all fondness, her collaborative essays with GeneratingHype have helped many writers.

Punctuating with Purpose

Some people believe poetry shouldn't be punctuated and others are still taught to put a comma after every new line.  So where is the balance?  What does one - especially one new or growing in poetry - do?  Well, that's simple: a poet must punctuate with purpose!

In order to punctuate with purpose, however, a poet must understand two things: what she/he wants to achieve with the poem and what a piece of punctuation can achieve in a poem.  This means a poet must understand more than the common rules of punctuation; she must know the effect that certain punctuation points can have on a reader or in a text.

This workshop begins with a brief guide to different punctuation marks and will then ask participants either to edit or review a previous poem for effective punctuation use or else write a brand new poem that focuses on using punctuation effectively.  Keep in mind that using punctuation effectively in poetry can sometimes mean leaving it out (or adding it in), depending on the desired effect--the poet's purpose.

:bulletpurple: Punctuation and Poetry - a brief guide by LaMonaca for first instance discussion.

Once the poem is written and submitted, participants will be asked to answer the following questions in their Author's Comments section:

1.  Do you usually punctuate your poetry?  Why/why not?
2.  Are there lines in this poem where you were considering other punctuation (or no punctuation)?  If so, what were you considering and why?
3.  If this a new draft of an old poem, do you feel better about your choices this time, or do you feel as if you were forcing the punctuation use?
4.  Overall, what is the effect you would like this poem to have on the reader?  In other words, what are you going for, here?

These will help me determine how the person was thinking about punctuation in the poem, what the poet's general feeling, taste, and confidence level is with punctuation in poetry, and how the poet considered her purpose and effect when writing and editing the poem.  Poems submitted without the answered questions will not be considered for critique.

Note: critiques and critical comments for this workshop will be looking at punctuation; there will not be very much critique offered on the actual content of the poem unless it is necessary to addressing the issue of punctuation.  That said, workshop participants and others are welcomed and encouraged to offer in-depth critique and commentary on any aspect of the submitted poems.

How to Submit

After submitting your entry as a new deviation or scrap, send us a note with a link to your piece. Include the subject line "PURPOSE" in your note. The deadline is midnight November 12th 2008. All times are set for GMT. LaMonaca will respond to the entries on November 16th 2008.

A note from Writers-Workshop Please note that this is a poetry workshop, meaning that we will accept only poetry entries. Proofread your work before you send it in so that grammatical and spelling errors are minimal. And most of all, have fun with it!

:postit:On Accepting Critique

:bulletblue: Always thank the critic. This gratitude must be as sincere as possible, even if you did not like the critique given, because the critic has taken time to offer his/her opinion of the piece.
:bulletblue: If you do not like the critique, it is not necessary to mention so. Simply thank the critic and move on. You can always ignore their suggestions, while not making a scene of it.
:bulletblue: If you are unsure of what the critique means, feel free to ask the critic what s/he meant. Building rapport with your critic is one of the best ways to survive in a workshop and to learn. If you want examples, ask. Similarly, if you like the suggestions given, mention it. Critic's have feelings too. :)
:bulletblue: In the unlikely case that a critic offers rude/sexist/racist/etc comments, feel free to contact Writers-Workshop in a note and we will try to help you. A decision regarding the rudeness of the critique will be taken, and if we're not sure ourselves, we will consult with one of the GDs or anyone else high up on deviantART.


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Should I resubmit? I never got a response...