As I touted the Southeastern Writers Association annual workshop (June 16-20 on St. Simons Island, Georgia) to a fellow writer recently, he interrupted me by saying he thought it “presumptuous” to assume that a professional author could “teach” writing to someone.
That took me aback, but in way, I suppose he was correct. I’ve listened to enough writers over the years to know that no single author has all the answers. In the end, each of us who has become professionally published has learned the craft by “putting our butt in a chair and fingers on a keyboard”—to repeat what one of our 2017 workshop instructors, Debra Dixon, has often said. Writing, for most of us, is a trade learned by doing. And doing and doing.