Your writing workshop (mis)adventures

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kate, whether that workshop will work for you will depend on what you need from it vs. what you get from it.

You'll pretty quickly sort out which members of the group have any kind of clue how to write an effective piece of their own, whether poem or story. That's a clue. More importantly, you'll discover which ones seem able to give your work a fresh hearing and honest reactions. If nobody there knows how to listen to or read anyone but themselves, or if they consistently try to remake you into an image of themselves, then they'll be next to useless.

If you are extremely lucky, then someone in the group will be able to see what your intentions are in a piece, then speak with insight about where your technique succeeds in delivering on those intentions and where it fails. That's the gold standard. You rarely get that, though.

P.S. Obv, try to do for others what you would like them to do for you.

Aimless, Sunday, 25 July 2010 15:48 (eleven years ago) link

nine years pass...

Writing-wise, most ridiculous moment of decade was as writer-guest for a workshop held at someone's house. During the workshop, I got a massive headache & asked for aspirin. A woman gave me aspirin after which I began to itch. "Sorry--gave u my anti-itching pills by mistake." 1/?

— Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer) December 28, 2019

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

The hell is up with writers

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

I once went to a workshop, held at a university, where a participant appeared for critique naked from the waist up and then stormed out of the because nobody was taking them seriously.

rb (soda), Monday, 30 December 2019 00:23 (one year ago) link

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