15 March 2018
When you’re seeking inspiration or if your writing routine just needs a change, a writing workshop could be the solution. But attending a workshop is far more valuable than you might first realise. Read our top reasons to find out why
When you’re seeking inspiration or if your writing routine just needs a change, a writing workshop could be the solution. But attending a workshop is far more valuable than you might first realise. Read our top reasons to find out why...
Network with other writers
Being a writer often means spending days alone at your desk while you whip your novel into shape. At a writing workshop, you’re surrounded by a community of people who share your ambitions. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and share advice.
Find your inspiration
There’s nothing like being with a group of fellow writers to help you feel inspired. Even if you’re lacking that inspiration when you first sign up to a workshop or if you’re worried that you won’t have much to contribute, many writers find that they’re much more productive by the end of the day.
See things from a different perspective
Working alone, it’s easy to get into a rut, or the habit of doing things in a certain way. Learning how other people approach the same tasks, or the regular habits that work for them, can really help you make some positive changes to your routine.
It’s also difficult for solo writers to judge their own work objectively. Getting unbiased advice from somebody who’s encountering your writing for the first time can help you see where things are going wrong, or give you an invaluable confidence boost.
Try something different
If you’re plugging away at the same kind of project or writing style every day, it’s easy to grow stagnant or lose motivation. Sometimes, just giving yourself the freedom to try something completely different, without consequence or fear of failure, can reinvigorate you to come back with fresh enthusiasm, fresh eyes and ink flowing from your pen! Or maybe a new idea you won’t be able to resist exploring further.
It’s great to network and learn from each other (and, of course, read the expert advice offered in Writing Magazine), but hearing from the speakers at writing events and workshops can be invaluable. Listening to a professional voice in the writing community gives you a real insight from somebody who’s working in the industry every day.
Now you know the benefits of attending a writing workshop, why not experience it for yourself? The team at Writing Magazine have put together our own one-day event designed to help you start your next novel.