This is incredibly helpful – it helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and aids you in figuring out how to develop your subsequent drafts.And the feedback you’re getting will be, or should be, constructive.Appropriate Guidance A writing teacher should write.
Hearing that someone liked what you wrote isn’t always helpful (though this is often what family members and friends will say) – you need to know why they liked it. Moderated Feedback One of the big differences between a writers’ group and a workshop is that a workshop will have a facilitator to moderate and guide the feedback that’s being given.
It can be very easy for a particular group to fall back on the same comments, or to praise someone because they’re a friend rather than because of their work, or to let writers over-explain their work instead of letting it stand alone.
They should write work of publishable quality and have some work published or about to be published.
They should also be able to teach – this is particularly important for a longer course.
So, the short answer is no, you don’t need to take a writing class in order to write.
) The fact is that lots of people learn how to write without taking writing classes.
It’s a way of taking yourself seriously as a writer and ensuring that there’s space blocked off in your schedule for writing-related things.
Commitment Writing is all about commitment – promising to yourself that you will finish a particular piece of writing, that you will revise a particular draft, that you will start sending work out to agents or to magazines.
Remember that not everything in a writing class is going to work for you – if there was a ‘quick fix’ or easy way to write a bestseller then our notion of a struggling writer simply wouldn’t exist.
The truth is it’s hard, and it’s different for everyone – but being open to suggestions and trying new things makes it a lot easier to find what works for you.