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Saturday, September 14 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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  • Summer 2024
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Room: Classroom 3


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A Writers Workshop Guide: Getting the Most and Giving your Best

The writing workshop can be a vulnerable space for all writers, whether it’s our first workshop or not. Maybe we read a piece of writing and don’t know what to say about it. Or maybe we read a piece and have a lot of comments on it and worry about how to communicate our thoughts. Maybe also, as the writers, we are nervous to hear what others have to say about work that can be so personal. In this 2-hour session, we will work on ways that we each can contribute to creating a respectful and responsible workshop environment. We will start class with a short creative freewrite, then jump into an overview of some different existing workshop models and discuss some pros and cons. In a mock workshop setting, we will work together as a group to set workshop expectations and boundaries. These may include but aren’t limited to 1) how we can be active and considerate workshop participants, 2) how to navigate feedback from peers, and 3) how we can advocate for ourselves or others (and knowing when to speak up). Using two shorter texts as examples (one poem and one short story), we will practice doing a “close,” or critical, reading of a text. Then, we will discuss some techniques for giving and evaluating respectful, constructive criticism. In small groups, we will use the freewrites from the start of class to practice giving feedback. The goal of this class is for students to be more comfortable and confident in navigating conversations about their and/or others’ work.

Our creative development classes are all available for free to all writers or teachers. However, a donation of any amount to register for this class is greatly appreciated.

Please note: This class or event is hybrid. Some attendees will be in-person and some will attend online. There may be a limited number of in-person seats available. If you are participating online (using Zoom or a similar live platform), students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

The MuseTeacher: Gabriela Igloria