I really enjoyed this class, but unfortunately I got sick for 3 weeks of the month that it was going on. What a bummer! It was hard to keep up. Becky has offered to continue answering questions and reviewing homework even the class ends, and I may take her up on that.
The content was excellent and so was Beck'y feedback.
My only complaint would be the user interface! It was not easy to use. Posts often wouldn't be seen, students couldn't be as engaged with each other, etc. An interface like a private Facebook group may be better so we can all see what is going on easily, reply easily, cheer each other on, etc. I think I expected to be able to have a lot more contact with the other students, as well as the instructor and this system just didn't seem to support it as well as other online class interfaces I have used.
I really liked the Crit Group I participated in. The people were nice and really accommodating when I was unable to complete the crits due to the unexpected death of my mom.
One thing I think would really improve the experience is laying down a foundation of expectations for the crit group to make sure everyone is on the same page. I don't need someone to work on grammar/punctuation/sentence structures--I have an editor for that. I was very specific regarding my needs for the one piece I was able to submit and maybe my needs are very different from the others in the group.
I know the groups were of mixed experience, so maybe I had authors that weren't able to accomplish my purpose of having a crit group.
While it wouldn't promote building relationships--and would be hugely time-consuming--maybe having a small pod of authors to which one author submits material and others review and another group where authors critique would meet needs better.