Beginning Writers Workshop–Part II

Let’s just say that I actually DO learn to write while sleeping and suddenly have time to write a follow-up to Beginning Writers Workshop.  Yes, it would still be a writing class for beginning writers, and it would build on the material covered in the first class. 


  • What would you like to see, learn, or practice? 
  • Any territory you’d like to explore more deeply?  
  • Any thoughts about what was valuable in the first class?


Your help and ideas are appreciated!

6 responses to “Beginning Writers Workshop–Part II

  1. I just love anything that comes from you. Your motivation is the wind beneath my wings. Just give me some writing instruction, hand me an assignment and I’ll do it.

    I guess you know that by now.


  2. Thoughts on valuable BWW: not room here for everything but one thing does stand out (for me). That class caused me to gain some courage to stand up and take a risk. To allow myself to write. To cry. To laugh. To trust. BWW changed my life. And I mean this sincerely.

    BWW II: What an exciting prospect. Who says you can’t go home again! What I need is honest critique along with encouragement. You pushed ever so gently in BWW (I say that now. At the time, I thought, “is she trying to drive me insane”? ) Now, I need a shove. But with a smile….


  3. Is there some way to build on the final project?
    The candle, the bricolage with a candy wrapper, John and Martha, all those are excellent exercises and as I read back over mine, I remember the enjoyment that they brought. Adding some of these goofing around exercises would be great too as they really make you think before putting pen to paper. I’m with Kathy, BBWII is an excellent idea. Of all the classes I’ve taken since, it is by far the most important by giving us the basics and enjoyable, in fact most of the classes build on something I first learned in BBW. I’m about to talk myself into taking it again.

  4. Hi there Ann. Since your writing class I have continued on my MsMilieandfriends blog and it is progressing nicely. (Hope you will take time to read it and give me your personal comment or two). I learned so much from your class and I would enjoy BBWII. It gave me the inspiration to continue writing and I have made friends along the way that also inspire me. I would love the challenge.

  5. A continuation of BWW should have plenty of reminders that it is still okay to write badly–that it is, in fact, often the best way to start!
    I have trouble keeping in the same tense. I’ve noticed others do, too. That might be something to work on.
    Whenever a student would write great dialogue, others would always complain how they just couldn’t do that– work on dialogue might be helpful.
    Oh, and all that stuff about point of view and distance–more practice on that, to see how it changes the feeling of a piece.
    Don’t leave out the fun creativity exercises. You know, the ones that get everyone really ridiculous? Maybe even something that encourages students to write back and forth to each other as part of the lesson.
    And one thing we can always use more help with is learning to crop ruthlessly!

  6. darksculptures

    I am jumping in late here, but I must say that I agree with Walk.

    Developing the final project would be great. Maybe you could teach us how use a short piece to construct an outline for a novel or delve deeper into character development, or the basics of a good plot. I could also use a lot of guidance setting a scene, creating tension, adding emotion, and basic grammar mechanics. OK! I want someone to hold my hand and walk me from A to Z.

    Another suggestion would be helping writers find their niche’ by experimenting with varied writing styles and/or genres. You could instruct the students on the basics of flash fiction, horror, mystery, poetry, memoirs, and editorials. I believe it would enable students to make wiser choices about which classes to take as they move forward. You could call the class, “So you know how to write. Now, what are you going to write? – BWWII”

    The thing I enjoyed the most about BWW was the variety in the lessons. Learning how to brainstorm, galumph, bricolage, and sometimes just pull it out of our (hats)–Ok, maybe that is not the word I was going to use—really helped the creative juices gush forth fertile streams of consciousness.

    Second class? Count me in!

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