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Classroom as Community: Creating Safe Spaces in Creative Nonfiction Workshops

by Erika Anderson and Brian Gresko

Department:Special Section
Issue:September/October 2016
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The writing workshop model presents a certain degree of risk—sharing artistic work inherently involves becoming vulnerable to critique and potential emotional fallout. Perhaps none experience this risk more than creative nonfiction writers, whose memoirs and essays are often deeply personal. Here, two writing workshop facilitators offer a set of guidelines for developing a safe, respectful workshop environment.

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