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Part: TWO Writers' Workshop > Preparing for the Workshop

Chapter NINE. Preparing for the Workshop

The workshop is a high-energy affair, potentially with emotional upheavals as well as lots of opinions and suggestions. Authors and reviewers need to prepare for the workshop to make it work for everyone. Fortunately, basic preparation for both authors and reviewers is easy—for authors because the preparation is just what one would do while carefully writing, and for reviewers because the workshop can rely on the differing interests and expertise of the reviewers to gather a wide diversity of comments without requiring each reviewer to scour the work for all possible comments.

Much of how to prepare depends on the culture and practices of the workshop you are attending. Workshops that work with well-worked drafts will not be suitable for early drafts; workshops that work on material written at the workshop will not be comfortable with polished drafts. Although many workshops either occasionally or always work with new work or work written on the spot, most are intended for work that has gone through several drafts and some polishing, and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, you should assume a workshop is of this variety.


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