Workshops for Writers by Gerri Brousseau

This past weekend (3/25) I went to The Conversant Writer Workshop.  It was held at a lovely B&B in Mystic, Connecticut.  The weather had turned cooler again and it was raining, but the old inn had logs crackling in the fireplaces and the setting was cozy.  The group attending was small, but it was always intended to be that way.  This was great in that it offered a more intimate setting giving the presenters the opportunity to engage more with the group.

The workshop offered three presenters, all of whom had much to offer.  Each presentation offered something for every participant no matter their genre or their stage in their writing career.  The intimate size of the group gave rise to discussions on topics and some brain storming on others.

This was a wonderful day spent honing my craft.  I encourage my fellow authors to jump at the opportunities of taking a workshop.  Don’t be leery of taking a workshop in a small group setting.  This small group seemed to have an almost magical quality as if being held together in the palm of someone’s hand.  Perhaps it was the cozy inn, perhaps it was the fireplace burning, or perhaps it was just that … the magical quality that seems to exist when writers get together and help other writers.

There are many opportunities to attend workshops, and I encourage you to do so … even if it is on-line.  Hone your craft, sharpen your writing tools, and create your masterpiece.

Have any of you taken a workshop recently that has made a difference in your writing?  Have any of you presented a workshop recently?  Please share your positive experiences with us.

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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6 Responses to Workshops for Writers by Gerri Brousseau

  1. Anna Bowling says:

    I love workshops. I’ll take anything by Laurie Schnebly Campbell, but her alpha male class is my current favorite, and would love to see her develop something about the alpha heroine. Barbara Samuels on voice is a workshop I love so much I own it on CD. Mia Marlowe does wonderful workshops on hooks and writing sex (two different ones, ahem) and I’ve even taken a great workshop on forensic psychology that includes creating a serial killer.

    Taking workshops is great, but I think I like presenting them even more. I’m an extrovert, so talking in a group is second nature. I’m presenting my From Fanfiction to Fantastic Fiction workshop through Savvy Authors, starting on April 2nd. I have so much fun exploring ways to turn the media we already love into new and original fiction that I’m currently working on a level two course to get more down to the nitty gritty. For more information, here’s a link:

    http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=962

  2. I take at least one workshop a month whether online or locally–And I’ve gotten something positive out of each one. I don’t believe I would have my two publishing contracts without all the seminars and classes I took over the last two years.

  3. I loooooooove, love, love workshops. I always learn something new, whether it’s a mindbending bushel of information or one little smidgen of knowlege that I will continue to use for years. I am so looking forward to Fiction Fest!

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