Every writer in the workshop will receive thorough instructions on how to critique, so everyone learns to do it the same way. You will use this guide to help you through the process, step by step. Even if you’ve never written a story critique before, this will give you a solid place to start. The how-to guide helps you to read critically and present your comments within a structure. This protects all of the writers in the workshop from giving or receiving thoughtless critiques.
Expect to learn more and more about critique as you continue through the course. You’re here to learn how to critique properly—all that is required is that you come with an open mind, and be prepared to take risks. You are not expected to “get it right.” Critique can be an exhilarating process; you never stop learning from reading critically! And, of course, your teacher will be there to provide helpful questions and assistance as needed.
The Story Workshop is not for beginner writers. We suggest the Story Course and/or the Story Intensive as prerequisites, because the Workshop builds on important writing craft techniques that have already been practiced there in depth. If you are not a graduate of the Story Course or the Story Intensive but are an experienced writer with a completed story, you can submit an application to attend the Story Workshop.
Yes! You can name your preference when you register. I will do my best to place you with your first choice.