Classroom as Community: Creating Safe Spaces in Creative Nonfiction Workshops

Erika Anderson and Brian Gresko
From the September/October 2016 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

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.