Fill out this form and attach a copy of it to each copy of the writing you hand out to your group. The information that you provide here will help your writing group provide you with helpful feedback. The more thorough you are in your answers, the more helpful your writing group can be to you.
Briefly describe why you wrote this piece. What was the assignment, context, or task?
Is this part of a larger piece of writing (a paragraph from a personal statement, a few pages of what will become a 15-page paper, a chapter of a dissertation or thesis, etc.)? If so, how does it fit with the rest of the project?
How much work have you done on this piece of writing already? Is this a first draft, second draft, etc.?
What do you think are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of this piece of writing right now?
What kind of feedback, if any, have you received from others about this project?
What kind of feedback would be most helpful to you at this stage?
When do you need to turn this piece of writing in? How much time do you have to work on it between now and then?