This was the sixth workshop we had this year, and my students had gotten over shyness and taking things personally. But a new student joining us from another school and choosing not to speak at all when poetry was on the floor seemed to take a lot of the earned confidence away from those who were gaining familiarity with the forms they felt less comfortable with.
|Turning the light on in workshop|
This one class discussion brought back the chance for growth in all of them and put a stop to the belief that there was any good reason to sit out when a less familiar form was needing feedback. It is two weeks before our next workshop. I will probably have a briefing the day before we start so they can recapture this new view of criticizing each genre and how they can assist their peers in growing as writers.