It all started when I was doing some research for a blog post. I discovered that my local library had free online teacher-led courses that I’d be interested in. The classes that I’m going to take include writing classes that are structured like workshops. The first class that I’m taking starts this week is Romance Writing and then Later there is one on Creative Writing. Each class is 8 weeks, and I expect this first class will improve my pacing and imagery. If you’ve never been to a writers’ workshop you may wonder what exactly a writers’ workshop is? A writers’ workshop is a method of teaching writing whose goal is to create a life-long writer. It’s based on four principles according to the all-knowing Wikipedia. Students will write about their own lives, use consistent writing processes, work in authentic ways, and develop as independent writers. So, that’s what a workshop is now this is what it can do for you:
- Learning literary theory
- Writing can be learned even if the skills are lacking
- Meeting people with common interests
- Reading develops your creativity
- Learning from experienced writers
- Testing your limits
- Having the pleasure of writing
- Establishing a routine
- It helps to overcome deadlines
These are a list of the positives of taking a workshop or writing class but there are also cons and you need to be prepared for those negative aspects as well. Developing a little bit of thick skin helps.
- Some people will never understand what you’re writing about
- Some people will want you to change your entire piece
- You have to read some awful pieces of work and try to see the potential
- Sometimes you have to follow writing prompts
- When the teacher tells you to change something
- Writing can be subjective
- Your work can be considered abstract
There is both good and bad in everything and if you are prepared accept constructive criticism and ignore the subjective criticism by saying, ‘thank you for your advice.’ You may be ready to attend a writing workshop.
You can find writers’ workshops at your local library or community college or you can start your own by posting advertisements at bookstores and coffee shops or with professional organizations like the Rocky Mountain Romance Writers. In other words, find your tribe and hold them close.
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