Donald Maass Writing Workshop

The Donald Maass writing workshop was a major hit! I had a theatre class years ago which helped me see why Donald Maass’ writing workshops are so powerful. He is using a theatrical approach to writing. He is encouraging us to perform on the page. No matter what your genre is, his writing workshops are extraordinary for developing craft. I have taken classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival before this time. In one of my classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, my teacher had his writing instruction book Writing the Breakout Novel clearly displayed on the desk. Donald stayed onstage for a good 7 hours, talking about the process of characterization, setting, world building and other elements of craft. He stated, “Most of theatre is getting rid of your inhibitions. And the same should hold true of writing as well.”Donald Maass

 

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