The instructor’s idea of effective critique was to toss my story draft in a wastebasket in front of the rest of the class
Better Late Than Never
Nicole Willson
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That reminds me of my old English Literature tutor who took great delight in telling us how awful our work was, how surprised he was that we’d had the audacity to take the course. He would never tell us what grade he’d given our assignments, preferring instead to ridicule our efforts. One day, we “borrowed” his marking book and discovered we were all doing pretty well! Turned out that his belittling of us all was to make us work harder. Twisted logic if ever there was some!

You’re a wonderful, talented writer with an incredible imagination. Keep doing what you do!

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