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Part: TWO Writers' Workshop > The Author Reads

Chapter ELEVEN. The Author Reads

The workshop as ritual requires an initial gesture as opening: The author reads aloud a selection of the work. The reading should take only a few minutes—five at most. The author sometimes stands to read, though in most creative writing workshops, the author remains seated.

How the reading works depends on whether the workshop has a forty-five- or sixty-minute slot per author or just fifteen minutes. With longer time the author has the opportunity to read a longer piece or portion of a long piece, and in some cases, several people can read the same piece.


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