Sep 2003

Great person but doesn't do much to improve your writing. She's too gentle and understanding to be critical of someone's writing. This 'all's good' rubs off on the other students as well, so the workshop turns into a feel good praise session. Ofcourse, none of this encourages good writing, so I'd have to say that as much as I liked Marina, the course did very little to improve my writing.

Aug 2003

This class was incredibly frustrating. Worsely's directions are foggy at best and his assignments are utterly asinine. Stay away !

Dec 2002

more than often, she gives decent critiques. but, she definitely likes the more predictable, sappy writers (emotional poets will like her) and has a tendency to be redundant and overexplain herself. doesn't like abstract endings (or writers)...spent six weeks on fiction and then crammed the dramatic sequence into 2 or 3 weeks at the end of the semester (we had class during study week to make up for the first day of class, which SHE missed). nice lady, pretty unexciting, reasonable grader.

Apr 2002

Gives good advice, although sometimes fails to connect with a piece of work, and may miss the point. Tolerates foolish / ridiculous commentary by students. Pleasant.