Writer’s Workshops

I recently began participating in my first writer’s workshop. With little-to-no idea what to expect, I submitted my potentially crappy writing to someone who could tell me how exceptionally crappy it really is. To say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement.

In spite of the nerves, I knew I was ready. I’m at a time in my life when I don’t want to hear nice things unless they’re true. Some brutally constructive criticism is exactly what I was looking for–and that’s what I’ve found.

Workshopping has been inspiring and challenging in the best sense. It pushes me to revise, imagine, and look at things from a new angle. It hasn’t been discouraging or demoralizing as I feared it would be. As luck would have it, no one understands writer’s insecurity like other writers. Every critique is thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging.

It has also been a great opportunity to read the work of other writers! There are so many brilliant writers in the world. I hope in rubbing shoulders with them, some of their genius will rub off on me!

I know I’m very fortunate to have a such a great first workshopping experience. It is pushing me to navigate my weaknesses and embrace my strengths as a writer.

Do you all workshop? What has your experience been like?

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6 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshops

  1. Once a well known writer gave a workshop for aspiring writers. On the first day after he entered the class he asked to the students: “I gather that you have all come here to learn how to write and be successful writers?” ” Yes!!!” replied the students. “So why you are not at your home writing right now?” He said.
    Ok apparently he was a bit tipsy that day but he had a very good point. In my experience that there are two types of people that attend workshops and I’m not only referring to writers’ workshops. The ones that are very serious about learning which are not very many and the ones that keep attending workshops because they need to be lead by someone else because they are not assertive and confident enough of their own abilities. These latter one will be eternal students of followers of some gurus or other and will never succeed or do anything. The others may succeed if they break away from the workshops habit and have a bit of luck too.

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    1. Interesting idea here. It’s one that could be applied to many fields. There are so many talented people in the world, but the ones with grit–motivation, perseverance, whatever you’d like to call it–are the ones who succeed. It is one’s commitment to a thing, and not one’s talent for it, that truly sets them apart from the crowd.
      Thanks for reading!

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