What are you looking for in a writer’s workshop?

I see these advertised online and off, and I wonder what it means to everyone out there. I should also mention I teach a class about speculative fiction writing, but it’s not online – or it isn’t yet.

Partly what I like about teaching is the discussion aspect, but I can’t speak for my students. I like to touch on basic things like plot, character, and point of view, as well as more genre-specific things like background and world-building.

Each time I teach the class (I’m almost done with the third section) it changes. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it just is part of the evolutionary process.

I just hope I teach them something. And that they continue to write.

My copyeditor friend Sarah Holroyd is starting up her own. We will definitely have to keep an eye on her! You may want to keep an eye on me, too…


  1. Vivian Zabel said,

    26 April 2010 at 13:32

    I want any workshop to help me progress as a writer, to improve and grow.

    Even grammar workshops help some writers, and reinforce what other know.

  2. abdou said,

    26 April 2010 at 13:34

    hello. how are u i hope fine
    i jst need to know the steps that are used to write a story whatever it was long or short
    please help me
    looking forword hearing from you

  3. ransomnoble said,

    26 April 2010 at 14:19

    That’s a great point, Vivian. I agree that anything that makes you progress as a writer is good.

  4. ransomnoble said,

    26 April 2010 at 14:21

    Thanks for commenting, Abdou. I’ll be in touch.

  5. Sarah said,

    27 April 2010 at 00:20

    If anyone is interested in our online workshops, please sign up for my email list at and we’ll notify you when we’re ready to start a session.

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