Contrary to most, one of my favorite parts of being a writer is the involvement in the writing workshop. Some writers dread the feedback; others remain skeptical of regular outside opinions; but I see the value in it. Taking the time to read others’ work exposes you to new ideas and approaches; and considering the opinions of those writers increases your options for revision and keeps you accountable. Complacency is a real issue among artists; once we believe we know what we’re doing, once we feel we’ve figured out how we personally “work” as an artist, we become comfortable and may stop putting effort into pushing our art to new places. By exposing ourselves to the workshop, it invites new elements, new ideas, to our work.