Writing workshops: helpful?

@ptrnow (57)
Canada
October 10, 2007 7:39pm CST
Hello all, Recently I discovered that there is going to be a writing workshop at my local library. It is free of charge and sounds kind of interesting. Just posing a question to other writers out there, do you find writing workshops to be helpful? If so, in which way? And what should I be looking for when I go into this workshop? Feedback is more than welcome. Thanks, R.
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@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Yes - they are helpful & a lot of them are rather expensive. It's free! What have you got to lose? They help you learn what's important in writing: the subject, developing characters, symbolism, doing research... It totally depends on what it's specifically about. But if I were in that position, I would definitely go. :)
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Oct 07
If the workshop is free you have absolutely nothing to lose. Free workshops don't come around very often. I have attended a few, cheap ones. I was not as concerned about the person's credentials as I was about their experience. We are having someone come speak to our writing group next month. Her only credential is that she won the Toronto Star Short Story Contest. We want to know what she did to win. Plain and simple. Of course you do want to know credentials before you dish out hundreds of dollars for a class or workshop, but when a workshop is free it can't hurt to hear what that person has to say. You can check out their credentials which will help you to know whether you should take what they say with a grain of salt or take everything into account. You can tell by what people say whether they know what they are talking about. You could have an "aha" moment in any type of workshop. It's free. Go for it!