Coming Up on November 17: Jana Zvibleman Presents Feeding Back – How to Make the Most of Critique Sessions

Jana2010OceanYour writer’s group or friends may tell you your piece is “interesting” or they “like it” or they “don’t get it.” Maybe they tell you how to rewrite it. But how can they give, and how can you hear, responses that will really help you with your writing? Using ideas from Peter Elbow’s book Writing Without Teachers, I have found comfortable, insightful and very informative ways to give and receive feedback of value. Writers of poetry and any type of prose, and visual artists too, have used this approach to help each other hone their craft.

Jana Zvibleman [pronounced ZWEE-bel-man] is poet laureate of her Corvallis backyard. Her poetry and prose meander from contemporary Coyote tales, through keyholes into family angst, over to adult children’s games, and she is not above humor. A visual artist, she has illustrated her writing with photographs and drawings, and has collaborated on poetry with sculptors, seamstresses, painters and a flugelhornist. She has been active on the boards of The Magic Barrel, an evening of readings that raises funds for the food bank, and The Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival. She has also used her communication skills as an Oregon State University editor, Montessori-based parent educator and consultant, wedding officiant, and administrator of Teampedia, a resource for team building.

Meeting Time 

Monday, November 17, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333 (enter Dennis Hall at 9th & Monroe) Meeting Format

6:30-6:45 – Networking & social time

6:45-8:15 – WotR News and Announcements followed by the Program

8:15-8:30 – Networking & Speaker’s Book Sales


The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time students. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend. No one is turned away.

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Orit Ofri

Orit Ofri helps small businesses, professionals, and writers get started with their online presence and discover the strategy that fits them, their audience, and their market. She’s an award winning business writer who also writes middle-grade humor. Orit creates the programs for the Salem and Corvallis Chapters. She also manages the websites and Facebook pages for these chapters. Visit for more.