Writing Workshops by Allison Symes
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I love writing workshops. I’ve learned so much from them and now I’m running my own (flash fiction, the ups and downs of being a writer etc). I like workshops which give me plenty to think about and exercises I can polish up at home. I want to be “doing” as well as listening. Knowing what I like has helped me tailor my workshops.
I occasionally read out a flash story and break down how I wrote it. I also encourage those coming to my workshops to read out a piece they’ve created during the session. The lovely thing with this is the story doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone knows this is a first draft. Nobody is going to judge you.
Once one person shares something of what they’ve written, others will join in. Often you can then get useful discussions going and that’s when the workshop really does become interactive. I’ve not been to a workshop yet where I haven’t learned something useful, (even if it is some time later before I use the information), and I usually learn more than expected from when discussions take off.
The last year or so has been strange. Zoom has been a lifeline. I’ve liked the use of it for workshops and, ironically, that has led to me being asked to do more, including in person events. All to the good!