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Workshop 101 – Idea Factory

Work on Monday was solid with appointments, as is expected at the end of the semester. This is always good and bad. A fellow MFA came in for help on a paper for a lit class (it’s a generally accepted truth that most of us MFAs struggle in our lit classes). We went over her […]

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Workshop 101: Trying Too Hard

Nope, not dead. School is just sucking up my soul and some random zombie I think has been feasting on my brains. Ask my roommate; I’ve been leaving things out and forgetting things more than usual. I need this semester to be over and have a glorious 3 months off. Which leads me to my […]

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Workshop 101: Finding a Critique’s Focus

I have been thinking long and hard about what element of my current workshopping class bothers me so much. Is it the content of my fellow classmates? No, not especially. It makes for queasy nights, but all in all the writing isn’t that bad. Is it my professor? No. We don’t agree on our writing […]

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Workshop 101: Your Audience Matters

In case you can’t tell, these little blurbs come to you when something happens in my workshop I don’t agree with. Last night a classmate brought in a piece of YA Christian Fiction. This particular piece was slightly heavy-handed, but nothing a little clipping here and there couldn’t fix. It’s still a rough draft. As […]

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Workshop 101: Don’t Waste Time You’re Already Wasting

This one, honestly, isn’t all that insightful. However, I found myself in my workshopping class again, working over three very different pieces. One was a short vignette length experimental piece that I found very entertaining. Another was a longer melancholy piece about family discord. The final one was a very long piece that included crass […]

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Workshop 101: Keeping Perspective (and a plug for Writing Excuses)

Sometimes I forget that I operate in a community I have no real place in. I am an academic to one degree, but sometimes I think that’s a very acute angle. I took a scene in to my workshopping class earlier this week. When I initially wrote it, I was very pleased. But as I […]

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