Category Archives: After the Workshop

After the Workshop, Part 4: Networking Toward the Future

This is the final installment of a series of articles called “After the Workshop.” The third and final step after the workshop is one that I’ve too often neglected: the cultivation of long term relationships among writers. From the dozens of excellent writers and peer reviewers I met at grad school, I am now in [...]

After the Workshop, Part 3: Comment Hierarchy

Before you read, you may want to check out the first and second parts of “After the Workshop.” In brief summary, we’ve gone to a short-fiction workshop, had our critique, and gone home to review the obvious places — the hotspots — that need work in our story. And now it’s time for… Commentary Hierarchy [...]

After the Workshop, Part 2: Data Mining

In the first installment of this article, we introduced the notion of strategies for tackling your stories after they’ve gone through the standard short fiction workshop. Finding and Using Hotspots By the time a workshop ends, I usually have extensive notes. I also have notes (typically written on story drafts) from others. If I’m on [...]