It's like free editing,
if the workshop is
a good one.
Reasons to attend workshops
1) get realistic about your writing
2) clean out wordy words
3) discover dead spots
4) recognize amateurish writing
4) become familiar with genres
5) get ideas for your writing
6) meet writer types
Workshops have personalities. Try to avoid "performance" workshops. By that I mean ones in which every paper gets a round of applause and "Good work!" even if it's drivel. Some people can't take negative comments about their work and they make up this type of workshop.
Honest critiques hurt feelings sometimes. It's as simple as that. You're not at your best all the time. You miss the mark, get confused, lose your muse. Other writers who care about your writing will alert you to those moments.
Many writer workshops are in South Carolina. Find one at the South Carolina Writer's Association website.
The traveling actors get into some hot spots, but not this hot.
Coming in 2022
The presentation on witches that I made to the St. Andrews Shepherd's Center in May previewed the setting of my upcoming novel, "Béjart's Caravan." Witches and demons were as real to 17th Century France as wifi is to us. The characters in my novel would be well aware of a priest who was burned at the stake, convicted of being a demon. He didn't have a chance at his trial, for the witches of Loudun testified against him.
One of the characters in my novel is accused of being a witch. And another has epilepsy, which put him at risk.
First came a book
I couldn't put down
Copyright Bonnie Stanard
Béjart is About
1672 actors traveling
the French provinces
They meet with religious fanatics, desperate maidens, greedy peasants, nefarious nobles, and the plague. They are borderline rogues who have to scramble to avoid being driven asunder by the Catholic Church. Molière doesn't show up, but his body does.