Creative Writing WorkshopsWriting workshops
Creativity writing workshops: What you need to know
It can be nerve-wracking, stimulating, scary, dazzling - or all at once. Better workshops will also deal with the overall picture: topics such as storyline, characterization, storytelling perspective, gender expectation, reading sympathy and much more can be debated. - So you can better read: Reception can be as useful as the response itself.
All workshops are not the same. - In an ideal case, the group should have been chosen or put together on the foundation of demonstrated writing skills. This is a waste of precious teaching material, which makes it difficult for authors who are not great actors and does not allow for a really tight and thoughtful reading.
- If the group has a mentor, make sure that he or she is knowledgeable and has a good name. You should make sure that all pupils have the same amount of free space for their workshops. My own personal experiences show that once the teacher has talked, everyone tends to adapt, and that is actually not what should be done in a good class.
Making the most of the writing workshop:: Submit on schedule, otherwise the writing workshops won't take place! Come to the garage on schedule! - Begin your feed-back with the positive: This may not be evident to him/her, and it can make as much impact as the author thinks about his studio and his writing.
You will probably have the feeling that you want to respond to every point and protect your letter. It is not very wise to take up the workshops by going through everything. - Don't panic: If you have the feeling that you've had a hard drive in the garage, remember that you're probably over-sensitive.
Or if the workshops made you change your mind immediately, at least give yourself a break. Workshops are not for everyone. However, for the remainder of us, if you join the right workshops and manage the whole thing well, you can refine your writing and find your people.
Sometimes a writing retreat can be - well, a little magic. Letter from YA and Children's Fiction with Catherine Johnson (application closes Sunday, February 4). Please send a letter to the end of your novel (registration closes at 22 January). Redundancy & Pitch Your Novel (Registration closes at 29 January).