The Benefit of Attending Writing Workshops Outside Your Comfort Zone

Attending writing conferences can be a great way for writers and authors to network, learn, and improve their craft. To get even more out of these types of events, media arts instructor Dan Watanabe recommends that attendees challenge themselves and sign up for the workshops that are outside of their wheelhouse or area of interest. For example, if you write science fiction, sit in on a workshop about memoir. Watanabe says it's amazing what you can learn about story structure, writing techniques, story ideas, and more. You'll also be surprised by the similarities in genres that you thought were vastly different from one another. By opening your mind to new things, you might also expand your creativity, voice, and craft.

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