Victor LaValle

Apr 2020

Amazing Professor. He is very encouraging, but does give some great feedback. The class was Senior Fiction Workshop, so the class writing was so much more polished, therefore their feedback was better. But LaValle himself doesn't just give you general feedback, or too technical. He helps you with the craft of writing. The way you need to think and choices you need to make in order to be a better writer.

Apr 2001

Victor LaValle will be your best critic--he's brutally honest. He won't hesitate to rip your stories to shreds. But on the other hand, he will give praise where praise is due. He is meticulous in reading your story, going through line by line with substantial comments at the end. Great sense of humor, he kept the atmosphere relaxed, but he also made sure to encourage honest, fair critique in the class. Please check out his collection of stories, Slapboxing With Jesus! He is an extremely talented writer. Perhaps the only disappointment you might have is with the class itself and the quality of the students' writing. It was a mixed bunch of really good writers and not so great writers.