Critique of the Week

A Live Video Workshop

The critiquing workshop is a valuable part of the MFA experience—it’s hard to find honest feedback about your work, but knowing how your poems are actually landing is more useful than any other advice a poet can get. Not everyone has access to an MFA program, though, so we’d like to extend that experience to anyone who is interested. With Critique of the Week, we’ll workshop several poems publicly each week, via Facebook and YouTube. Participants will get a chance to hear how the Rattle editors would encounter a poem if it were a submission and offer suggestions for improvement. Everyone is then welcome to join in the discussion in the video’s comments section, providing their own thoughts and feedback. Even if you don’t want to share your own poems, it should be an excellent learning opportunity for everyone who watches.

To participate, just use the Critique of the Week category on Submittable. Submissions are chosen at random to be discussed during an episode. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you don’t miss any of the critiques.