What’s The Difference?
A workshop is kind of like being a member of the club, for one day or days if it’s a weekender type thing. And “a” workshop usually focuses on one topic so attendees can get some hands on experience and develop a greater understanding of how to utilize and incorporate this new knowledge into their craft.
After attending a club type meeting recently, I had to wonder, what were the attendees getting out of this?
Meeting in a public banquet room in a beautiful area of Phoenix (IMO), about 25 people, all women and one man who was there to speak, had a nice dinner in a comfortable setting. There was enough time for everyone to be social before the leaders called the evening to order and presented the usual type of business necessary for these types of groups.
Announcements, introductions and then a speaker, the only man. He spoke about his career, a line of work that is the subject of many books. He was interesting, and the group was engaged, asking more than a few questions.
Then that was kind of it.
I was left wondering, what the meeting was for? What were attendees supposed to get out of it?
A Workshop Is Different.
The entire time is spent focused on the topic, be it writing, editing or marketing or underwater basket weaving if that’s where you’re at. The speaker, leader or teacher shares information with the group that is pertinent to understanding and mastering the topic.
In the end, the attendee comes away educated, in one way or another. They’ve either learned about something that will work for them, or learned about something that won’t work for them and they can move on to something else. Hopefully they’ve spent their time learning how to master, or at least get better at, a task or tool that will help them reach their goals, whatever those goals may be.
Some People Write For The Love of It.
Believe it or not, there are people out there who love to write, but up until this moment they’ve had no real desire to actually publish a book. Maybe writing fiction isn’t their thing, or their article writing portfolio is nowhere near being focused on one subject enough to create a book. Maybe they just love the art and craft of writing.
Many groups have a “must be a published author” membership qualifier. Of course, defining the words “Published Author” these days becomes incredibly blurry. But such a rule would keep unpublished writing enthusiasts from joining many large author and writer groups and clubs.
What Makes More Sense To You?
If you’ve read this far, you’re wondering where I’m going with this. I want to know what you, the author you, wants from a group. If you’re going to spend your time getting to and from a two or three-hour gathering once a month, what would be worthy of your efforts? What would make you absolutely want to go, to be there and not miss the experience? What would make such a gathering a top priority in your life?
Why Do I Want To Know?
Because things are changing for authors. The growing rumor swirling around Amazon is that they’re going to start deleting “poorly written” books from their shelves. Now, the definition of “poorly written” is open to the interpretation of the book worms behind the Amazon curtain, or a bot or algorithm, I’m guessing. But I’m hoping they find the poorly written, poorly edited and poorly formatted books and take them down. I’ve never been so disappointed to download a book to my device (so Willy Wonka, isn’t it?) only to find too many typos to read past the first few paragraphs or formatting issues that make it impossible to navigate.
Books like these turned me off to many Indie Authors. Especially the too-eager newbies who thought clicking “Publish” made them “an Author” but they couldn’t figure out why no one was buying their book.
I think this is going to make people think twice about hitting the publish button before putting their manuscript through the correct steps to publishing – like professional editing, design work and formatting for starters.
But if the story isn’t any good, then it’s time for the writer to seek help.
So why not use that networking time to really work on your craft? Instead of spending your time being social and having dinner, why not spend it learning how to write better? Isn’t that the goal of every writer – to write better?
Then there are the goals of the author, the one who want to write and publish a book. Not just a book – a great book. How does one go from being a so-so writer to becoming a great writer – learning and practicing the craft. Learning from others who know more than they do about the chosen topic.
What Would You Want To Learn In Exchange For Your Time and Money?
If you live, full-time or winter visitor, in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and are interested in Author and Writing Workshops, please see this page. We are looking for people who are ready to teach what they know when it comes to writing, editing, publishing, marketing and more – anything related to the writing and publishing industry. Come teach a workshop or conduct a lecture and grow your audience and business. Be a part of the growing “Author Movement” in the Valley of the Sun.
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