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Chapter SEVENTEEN. Wrapping Up

In terms of the work of the workshop, things are done—all the comments that should have been made have been made; there has been a balance of comments; helpful feedback has been offered and received; no one has visibly become upset; decorum has dwelt in the circle for about an hour.

But beneath the surface, emotions have perhaps been less settled. The players have confronted one another where the tender edges of self-confidence and self-doubt rub up against each other. The emotional arc is possibly unbalanced—the most remembered spate of comments has likely been the suggestions for improvement. The positive comments came first, as they needed to in order to lay the groundwork for the suggestions to be heard. But to almost any author, the order has been this: good followed by bad.


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