# Critical Response Process > Liz Lerman’s method for giving and getting feedback on work in progress, designed to leave the maker eager and motivated to get back to work. RELATED FUNCTIONS: [[Program & Production]], [[People Operations]] Choreographer Liz Lerman along with John Borstel developed a thoughtful, step-by-step process to foster productive discussion about creative works in progress. The process avoids the sandtraps common to unstructured critique, and empowers the artist to shape the type and tone of feedback that serves them in their process. The basic steps of the process are [listed on Liz Lerman's website](https://lizlerman.com/critical-response-process/). But there are also books and other resources to help you form and facilitate your own attempts. ## Step 1. Statements of Meaning Responders state what was meaningful, evocative, interesting, exciting, and/or striking in the work they have just witnessed. ## Step 2. Artist as Questioner The artist asks questions about the work. In answering, responders stay on topic with the question and may express opinions in direct response to the artist’s questions. ## Step 3. Neutral Questions Responders ask neutral questions about the work, and the artist responds. Questions are neutral when they do not have an opinion couched in them. This step is one of the most fundamental, challenging, and misunderstood steps of Critical Response Process. ## Step 4. Opinion Time Responders state opinions, given permission from the artist; the artist has the option to say no. --- ## Source - Lerman, Liz, and John Borstel. *Critique Is Creative: The Critical Response Process in Theory and Action*. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2022. ([Amazon](https://amzn.to/3Cfqfvj)) ## Tags (click to view related pages) #frameworks #sapling