Why Writers Should Attend A Writing Workshop

By Bernard Bowers

A workshop is considered to be an educational format in which information that is focused over a topic for a short period of time is shared by an expert. There are workshops that are intended to be informative while in others, more hands-on activities will be involved. As you can see, writers can be readily adapted in this format.

In writing workshops, the basics of writing, writing challenges, topics related to publication and careers in writing, or even specific research subjects can be covered. There are some programs that are offered as part of larger events such as conferences while other individuals or groups would offer them as just one-time events. There are institutes, organizations, and educational programs that offer those workshops to the community at large while others offer them to their members or students.

Why would a writer want to attend a workshop? Will there be benefits if they do?

Joining the writing community. When you attend such a gathering, one of the strongest benefits you can receive is getting to know other writers. Writing is considered as a solitary profession and sometimes it can be very lonely. When you talk about writing with people who really understand your joys and worries and enjoy the company of other writers, it can be an experience that is energizing to you personally as well as your writing. Leading to the support and growth of your writing or maybe even professional advancement is when you make some contacts. You never know, it's likely you made a friend today and they might be in a position to recommend you to an editor or publisher down the road.

Learning new things. There will always be lessons to be learned from other writers no matter what level your writing career is. Sometimes there are research strategies and shortcuts or perhaps it is a method for dealing with writer's block. Besides market news and contacts, you can also learn important information about reviewing contracts as well. Workshops are generally geared toward a specific genre or market niche and offer a wealth of specialized information depending on whether you write about crime or food.

Improve your craft. Often a large part of attending a workshop is revising existing pieces or generating new work. Sometimes you must bring something with you, create a project as part of the workshop or are inspired by the gathering itself. When you talk to others or listen to presenters, there are times when you may rethink a stalled project or inspire a new one. Whatever the impetus there is definitely an increase in production after attending a workshop and that is the surest way to improve your word craft.

If you have not taken part in a writing workshop in the past then perhaps you might consider doing so in the near future so you can join the writing community, learn something new, and improve your craft.

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