Question about writers' workshop
I just signed up for the site and I'm considering taking part in the writers' workshop but I'm kind of hesitant because I rarely write in what you guys refer to as "minimalist" (until chancing upon this site I always referred to it as "Hemingway-style"). Does the writing workshop have a narrow focus on this style? Despite that fact that I love Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Palahniuk I've never attempted to copy their style because a) that just seems like a form of pseudo-plagiarism and I'm no wannabe. My writing is much like my guitar playing - undoubtedly influenced by my favorites yet wholly unique. Despite the fact that I love the blues I would never take lessons from a blues purist because I would fear losing the distinct qualities that make my music mine. I study the scales, chords, and theories of music without studying styles. So is this a writers' workshop or a minimalists' workshop? The best way I could describe my prose is that half way point between Charles Dickens and Vonnegut. In other words, I love my adjectives and I fear they may bore a workshop full of Palahniuk fans. I'm afraid that if I sign up for this thing I'll be criticized for being "too wordy" because my writing doesn't resemble Palahniuk's in the least bit (nor do I want it to).
The main reason for my concern is that in the FAQ it says Chuck is interested in teaching minimalism as a craft and, as I've stated, I'm opposed to teaching style in any form of art as it homogenizes it. Kind of like sculpture, which hasn't been interesting since the 1500's because everyone conceded that Michelangelo was the best and everything since has been pathetic copies. The problem is that Michelangelo's style was taught rather than the fundamentals - how to chisel, support weight, ect. I've always felt that the fundamentals of writing, such as grammar and literary devices, should be taught while style is left for the artist to develop on their own.
So, what's this writers' workshop really like?
"[B]eing good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it and sometimes break in two." - Ray Bradbury