"formula of the day"
02 / 03 / 08
Sorry, spammers forced my hand. Comments reviewed before being published.
Comments: 1 wind
Hmm. Well, I'd say that depends on what they're reviewing. I value writing workshops a bit because I can't read my own writing the way an outsider can, and they can point out things I didn't notice. Sometimes I ignore them, of course, like if they say, "This transition is really jarring." Maybe I meant for it to be really jarring! But other times they'll say something like, "This thing contradicts this other thing," or "The pacing is off here," and that's valuable. And I've found my peers' input sometimes more valuable than my professor's, when said professor writes--IMHO--fantastically shitty books.
The problem with workshops, though, is that they're useless in a class size above, like, six, because then you're just getting way too much input. If three or more people agree that something needs to be changed, then you're safe in assuming that it really does need to be changed. But when the class is too big, you're just getting way too diverse a pool of advice and the whole thing goes out the window.
That's my two cents.