Welcome back to Q&A Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying learning about my writing.
This week I have another question from Jeannie, about workshops…
I know there are several workshop offerings for those interested in writing. Did you participate in a workshop? Did you find it beneficial?
There are tons of workshops out there for people who want to be writers. It’s wonderful! And yes, I take lots of workshops.
I’m a member of RWA – that’s Romance Writers of America. Within RWA there are tons of different chapters, or groups. I have a local chapter where I live and two different online chapters that I’m a member of. And everyone offers workshops. Other chapters offer online workshops that are open to anyone and I’ve taken a bunch, my chapters offer workshops, and the organization as a whole offers online workshops.
In addition, RWA has a conference every summer. The conference is chock-full of information. There are three days of workshops! It’s amazing. Last summer was my first conference (that’s me in Times Square on my way back to the hotel one afternoon). This summer I’ll be traveling to San Diego for my second conference.
Every workshop I take helps. I know that sounds like I’m sucking up, but honestly, it does. I love to learn new things so even a workshop on a topic I already feel familiar with can, and does, help me. It could give me a different way of looking at things, a recommendation of who to work with, or not, or brand new information that I hadn’t been able to figure out before.
One thing I love is that my online workshops are all done through emails and Yahoo groups. If something comes up and I can’t participate in the workshops as they come, I save everything and go back through them when I have some downtime. Last month I went through the notes on a workshop I took last fall. It was a great program, but I just never had the time to review it. I’m so glad I took the time last month.
Thanks so much, Jeannie, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!