When we read aloud to other creative thinkers, we learn confidence, courage, and practice presenting as if before potential publishers. This is done without “constructive criticism” but rather with encouragement and in a round table where positive feedback inspires. In other words, we share our impressions, and by drawing from our experience of the text, we compare how a fellow workshop member would write it if it were his/her own. Often, this method brings clarity to a project through real time observations, leading to the composition of project outlines. So, texts may be refined by the networking of creative minds. (It can be a really fun process!) Plus, it helps to curb fears and ease doubts about a project.
Creative workshopping is as important to writing, as adaptive bookcraft is to publishing. With oversight and assessment, we help writers identify the medium that best highlights their talents (novels, poetry, scripts, etc). Once a talent outlet is established, we discuss a project’s form and explore its target audience (genre, format, platform, etc). Works of creativity that are made dear by long obsession need to be expressed to the masses and given the credit and compensation they rightfully deserve. Finally, we are here to support each other and empower one another to get projects underway (through crowdfunding, loans, and grants, etc).