Working the Workshop

Too often, writers workshop their egos, instead. It’s human nature, especially if your story is on the table and everyone’s talking about it. But to get the most out of a writer’s workshop, you need to think of the story on the table as your car, and everyone around the table is a mechanic looking under the hood. If you want to learn how to fix it — or just soup it up — on your own, you have to watch and listen. And get your hands dirty. —Mike ArnzenWorking the Workshop (Gorelets)