Want someone else to read your work?
Writing workshops, whether in person or online, are incredibly valuable in getting your work done and polished. I would not have finished the first draft of Finding Lucy, my first novel out on submission, without an email writing exchange that I did with a woman I met through a writing meet-up. Writing workshops were also my favorite part of earning my MFA–though occasionally terrifying, having other people read my work was validating and inspiring. It made me feel like a real writer.
In this episode of Scratch Paper, I share the guidelines to my favorite type of workshop and to the email exchange that helped me finish my manuscript. You can take these ideas to your writing group, a local meet-up, or a writing friend who lives far away and use them to exchange work and feedback.
- Writing update: I’m on page 60 of my new, yet unnamed and un-described novel.
- Reading update: Currently reading and thoroughly enjoying The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
- I went to the MFA program at UNH, which is where I got the structure for the workshops that I’m talking about
Do you have a writing group? How do you run it? What works best for you? Please share in the comments!