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How to Take a Free Writing Workshop

You’ve got a great idea and want to share it with the world? Or you’re ready to write the next great American novel? However, you’ve always had problems with where a comma should go, or you want some feedback on you’re latest draft. Try a free writing workshop!

 

  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 1
    1. Find a free writing workshop to take. These may be listed in the local paper or local community college catalog. Look especially for “Continuing Education” as a qualifier.
  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 2
    2. Look for contact information or any registration directions in the posting. If there is a registration process, then follow it exactly. Many times not following the exact registration process will have your information tossed out, so be careful! Also, try to find out who is leading the workshop, and try to get that person’s contact information in case you have questions, like in #3.
  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 3
    3. Ask if you need to bring any specific materials with you to the workshop well before (at least a week before) the workshop meets. You don’t want to be the only one who doesn’t have a pen, paper, jump drive or disk, or a draft of something you’re working on.
  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 4
    4. Bring a draft of something that you’re working on anyway. Sure, the workshop might only present a limited range of material; however, the leader is probably volunteering his or her time already and might be willing to give you feedback on your material.
  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 5
    5. Show up, on time and at the right location. Punctuality should go without saying, but sometimes we all need to be reminded that being on time — or 5-10 minutes early even — is polite.
  • Take a Free Writing Workshop Step 6
    6. Don’t take over the workshop! Assuming that there are other people at the workshop, it will be impolite to ask the workshop participants and leader focus solely on your material or questions. Instead, wait until the leader calls for questions. If the leader doesn’t, then ask him or her your questions during a break or when everyone is working on an exercise.