I seem to be facilitating a writer’s group at my workplace. I did this last year, and it was awesome. There were just three of us (including my boss, which might have been awkward but mostly wasn’t), and there was a high level of trust and skill in both the writing and the critiques.
We’re opening it up this year, and it becomes scary again. I have a long project, and quite frankly some of it is still pretty tender. And I have pages and pages I want feedback on. So I scaled it back. I’m going to include some of the smaller pieces I want to send out. Easier to digest. More polished. Less raw.
I like to think that I’m a big and tough Indy Clause and can take all criticism, but I can’t show the early stuff to people I don’t know yet in a writing context, people who I have to work with, etc.
In grad school my friend and I talked about how you would be really careful about the first piece you submitted in a workshop. It had to be strong, but not finished. It had to show who we were and not necessarily be experimental—that was for later in the semester.
What foot do you start on?