Attending a writing workshop is one good way to get started, overcome fears and blocks, get respectful and considered feedback, and enjoy the support and companionship of fellow writers who are all “in the same boat” as you!
During The Autobiography Project, any institution, organization, group, or business in the Greater Philadelphia area can request a writing workshop be held in their institution, free of charge.
These workshops will be led by Drexel University faculty, and will consist of an hour-long writing experience, typically beginning with a prompt or exercise that will stimulate the participants’ imagination. Workshops also typically include opportunities to read new work aloud, the chance to offer and receive initial responses as to what is memorable and successful in the piece, and expert guidance on how to revise and polish your writing.
The workshop also includes a repeat visit (at the same time the following week) by the same workshop leader. This time the leader will simply be available for private consultation. Participants can bring pieces they started at the workshop and have worked on since, in order to receive one-on-one feedback about the strengths of their writing, as well as suggestions for improvement.
Some workshops are open to the public; everyone should feel welcome to attend! To make sure that there are enough writing tutors present so that everyone can receive individual attention, please call in advance and let us know you’re planning to join in.