Write Down the Street: The Writer's Workshop

This month, Neighborhood Fellow Quentin Lucas shares his thoughts on the skills all writers need to develop.


There never has been nor will there ever be a writer who couldn’t benefit from a good workshop. And there never has been nor will there ever be a writer who hasn’t felt some bit of apprehension around workshops.

But writing is not for the faint of heart.


I’m really looking forward to the Writer’s Workshop class at Mattapan library because, from personal experience, the workshop equips the writer with two essential skill sets. First, the writer learns how to receive criticism, how to respond to criticism, and how to distinguish which readers absorb their work well from those who don’t — and learns from both of them. Second, the writer learns how to give criticism, how to read as a writer, and how to better critique their own work. 

In this class, students will submit original fiction or nonfiction works to be workshopped. We will discuss workshop procedures and the skills of giving and receiving feedback, which is applicable to almost any facet of life. I hope to see you in class!


Click here for more information on Quentin's FREE workshop and to reserve your spot.

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About the Author

Quentin Lucas is a Germany-born, Boston-raised bookworm. After meandering through college on his way to a degree in Business Management, he then adventured his way through the US Army and discovered a need to follow his passion for writing. As a freelancer, copywriter, and essayist, Quentin has worked on projects with MIT and Vistaprint, and has written for publications like the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Blerds Online, and Fourth River Literary Magazine. While awaiting the fall of 2019, when he will begin his MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Quentin is crafting the second novel of his fantasy trilogy and is considering a memoir about his military days.

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