What is a “Community Workshop”?
Unlike a traditional lecture or seminar-style class, the primary goal of the writing workshop is to offer writers the chance to submit their original work to a group of their peers and receive feedback. Through active writing and revision, workshop participants will construct, or improve upon, their writing practices.
The workshop classroom is not only a forum for sharing creative work, it is a place for writers to engage critically with their work and their peers’ work in the same manner they would with any published manuscript. Think of the writing workshop as an invaluable opportunity for your craft to come to life in the hands of other readers and writers. We know sharing your work can be scary at first, but it’s why we’re here to help!
How is the Community Workshop different from a college Creative Writing course?
The dynamic of each community workshop is never the same. Each hosts a variety of students who vary in age, background, and writing experience–atypical in a college course. The community workshop participant, being motivated to take part in the workshop without any influence from the academy, can offer interpretations and advice that may be unavailable in a classroom of college students.
Above all else, the focus of a community workshop is to foster a new group of writers who have a space (we like to call it a “haven”) to share their work, and also learn methods for peer editing and reading as a writer–a skill set all participants can take with them after the class has ended, and hopefully with each other if relationships are formed.
What if I have never written creatively before?
The workshop series aims to provide unique workshops for all kinds of writers at all stages of their writing journey.
The traditional Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry classes will be open to writers of all levels, while the Revision Workshop might be better suited for writers with a finished manuscript or a manuscript-in-progress that requires a closer concentration on editing, structuring, and publication.
For those writers who haven’t started writing, the Craft Class will offer an introduction to the elements of writing and genres, elements we believe ought to go inside a “writer’s toolbox.” The craft class will focus primarily on the development of shorter writing exercises and less formal group workshops of the work you begin in class.
For writers who haven’t settled on working in a particular genre, or want an opportunity to work in multiple genres, the Hybrid Forms Workshop is the perfect place to play with both poetry and prose.