Feb 21, 2009, 2:06 PM
Post #372 of 466
I took a week-long workshop with Bret last summer, and it was without question the best writing experience of my life. As popular as the workshop format is, I think it's a deceptively-difficult class to run. When to interject, when to back off, when to re-focus the group...Bret handled all of these issues with an expertise that belies his young age. He has a dry, hysterical sense of humor, yet NEVER allowed the discussion of writers' pieces turn silly or farcical -- every piece was accorded a great deal of respect. Bret is an accomplished writer, yet talks to other writers with an Everyman, we're-all-in-this-thing-together tone. I still communicate with members of our workshop on a regular basis, largely -- I believe -- because of the supportive, collaborative environment Bret created in the classroom.
Having said that, I don't think Bret's teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival this year. :( However, anyone who's interested in studying with him ought to keep your eyes and ears open. I cannot say enough about this guy.