It’s been 3 years since my last writing workshop and my ass still hurts. In a few short semesters, I’d grown embittered, defensive, and drained of creative drive. Since then, I’ve spoken to other Workshop Survivors, heard their woeful tales, and slowly internalized hard lessons about the Writing Life. I’ve heard as many people say the workshop hurt their writing as helped.
Here’s a few lessons from a Survivor on how to get all you can from your workshop: