Writers and Writing Workshops
Over on the Orbit website, Celine Kiernan has been doing some musing on Writers Workshops:
I come away from every one of these workshops refreshed, with a renewed sense of purpose about my own work and a clearer idea of where I’m going. Even with (almost) nine novels under my belt I need to be reminded how to step back. I need to be reminded that writing is always going to be hard work, but that I can do it if I just keep a clear vision of what I’m trying to say. I need to be reminded to practice what I preach in other words.I think any kind of workshopping is healthy. Even if all that consists of is handing your manuscript out to friends and family. You get so close to a piece of work that you need someone who doesn't see all the connective tissue you're trying to build in to hold it up; someone who will be frank and say, "I don't get it". The hard part is taking their thoughts on board and trying to look at your work objectively.