Skip to main content

Second Workshop

Tomorrow, I hand in my second piece for my nonfiction memoir workshopping class. This time, I went deeper, darker and wrote a very personal piece. Printing it felt odd and I'm sure I'll feel a bit self-conscious tomorrow when I hand it out to people. But, my eventual goal is to write a memoir to turn into a screenplay, so I figured this was the first step in getting bits and pieces of my stories down on paper. People seemed interested in my subject matter from my first workshop, so I think my classmates will also be interested in this piece. Who knows though...writing is so subjective. Overall, with only five weeks left in my workshop, I think workshopping is a good way to see how peers feel about your work, but it is most certainly not my favorite form of writing. I'm not a fan of feeling pressured to commment on someone else's work (or fail in participation) after not having much time to absorb it and without know what he/she truly intended to write. I'm fine with critiquing fiction, but nonfiction is so personal. Anyone else done workshopping before?

Comments

ERiCA said…
Never workshopped with non-fiction memoir before. I can definitely see your point about how personal any critique would be. Also, if it's non-fiction, I would feel weird saying things like, "shaky characterization" or "the motivation doesn't ring true" like I would to a fiction critique partner, since non-fiction "really happened that way". Let us know how it goes!
I'd have to agree with what Erica said on the topic. It's a little bit uncomfortable to tell someone that the way they wrote their motivations or an event wasn't "good" in my eyes.

Last time I workshopped was back in middle school when I went to the Young Writers Conferences! lol
It is uncomfortable, but luckily, when workshopping in my class- we can't talk or do anything but write down the comments we're receiving when our piece is being workshopped. I had one person say he didn't believe something actually happened, and then he softened it with a semi-apology.

Popular posts from this blog

Canterwood Crest quiz

Which Canterwood Crest girl are you?
Click here to find out!

The quiz is now up on the Canterwood Crest Website! I think it's fun and cute. :)

Totally random, but I'm getting SUPER excited about the Twilight movie. Crazy excited. Like maybe I should read Twilight for the third time excited. I can't wait.

This weekend, I'm going to be a hermit and stay in. I'll be writing non-stop and getting that word count meter bar moving.

All set!

Apologies about the difficulties with downloading the video! The awesome Jo at Glass Slipper Webdesign walked me through it and everything is all set!

If' you've already downloaded the video, please try to download it again--it won't charge you.

If you haven't, I hope you check out my first installment for young writers! :)