The Writers' Room

For years, I have wished that writing workshops were more like TV writers’ rooms — more collaborative, more investment on the part of each participant in each story. What I crave is not a bystander who will tell me what’s working or not working in my story but someone who will get in the weeds with me and brainstorm ways to make it better or what could happen next. I’ve casually suggested incorporating more of a writers’ room model — where a bunch of writers work together to break a story — to workshops in the past and I never got any takers. Part of the trouble is that everyone wants to work on their own story.

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