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What is a Creative Writing Workshop?

A workshop is not an academic lecture; instead, it's a group session, led by an instructor, that focuses on student writing. Here, in a hands-on learning approach, students critique each others' work, discussing areas of strength and making constructive suggestions about aspects of writing that could be improved upon, all in a supportive environment. Students learn to articulate their response to writing in a way that is useful for both the person whose work is being critiqued and the person who makes the comments. The workshop method of teaching allows students to develop the critical thinking skills needed for revising their own work, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to participate in upper level and graduate level workshops in university. Creative Writing workshops focus on the development of style and the treatment of content, not on writing skills. An appropriate level of writing skill is required.