Gilbert Sorrentino on writing workshops:
Creative writing workshops are useful in that they tend to bring together young writers who have nobody to talk to. Otherwise, I can say only that in my own experience of them, it is rare that bad writers can be helped or that good writers could not do as well without ever seeing a workshop. Of course, bad writers can often be helped to make marketable products by sheer dint of dogged revision and the mastery of certain modes of "craft," and good writers can be so regularly assailed—by instructors, colleagues, or both and/or mature, become dejected and confused as to the quality of their writing.I could not agree more. So glad that this semester it's all seminars and working one on one with people.