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This year I'm doing a Winter Wheat session on the creative writing classroom: the good, the bad, and everything falling in between (and in poetry workshops, so much is indeed the in between).
So I'm asking y'all...what makes a poetry or fiction workshop worthwhile? What makes it excruciating?
And heck, while we're at it, why not bring up the point behind workshopping. Is it just to force writers to produce more material so that they can a) feel creatively and/or intellectually superior to; or b) feel limpid, anaemic, and feeble (but all in a poem-inspiring way) in comparison to their peers around the table? Is there such thing as a positive, nurturing workshop environment, or are we just braggarts and voyeurs of verse? Can workshops help some writers while hurting others? As teachers, how can we make the workshop work? I will be sharing some of my own hippy-dippy feel good teachin' ideas here as well...