One wanna-be writer asked me why I was attending a poetry workshop when I had no intention of ever writing a poetry book or becoming a world-renown poet.
Apply what the author/editor says to your own specific writing and manuscripts. How can the poetry/plot/character techniques strengthen your opening paragraph/scene/chapter?
Sometimes you aren’t ready for advice at one moment of your career but later when you internalize the technique apply it to paper, you feel that “ah-ha” moment. Click.
Reading is terrific, hearing is great. But writing after you’ve experienced the first two, is the best yet. In a workshop different modalities work together, your creative process internalizes.
So when you feel like you’re in a funk, your writing isn’t as fresh as it should be, take a writing class or workshop. The author above, David Corbett, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Go for it. Stretch your writing. Grow!