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Part: TWO Writers' Workshop > Positive Feedback

Chapter FOURTEEN. Positive Feedback

After the author has sweated through getting a piece together, revising and polishing it enough to workshop it; possibly after shepherds have done a couple of rounds of review and help; after the workshop participants have read and marked up their copies of the piece; after the ritual of the opening of the workshop, the reading, the special instructions; and after the summaries of what the workshop members read, what most people think of as the real work of the workshop gets going: finding and fixing problems.

Western culture and certainly engineering and science have taught us that an appropriate response to almost any critical situation is to find a problem and fix it. This attitude seems to have permeated the arts. So, imagine that each author goes home with some areas of his or her paper painted red and accompanied by suggestions for improvement. What is that author to make of the places not painted red? Were they OK? Are they available for alteration to help improve the red areas? Are some of them not OK but the workshop just didn't get to them?


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