I read my rape memoir to a group of writers.

One writer said, but you seem so feisty and brave, hard to imagine

Another said, it seems odd that you cared about what your parents found out

A third said, but you were telling people you believed in free love.

Like it wasn’t real.

The next month I read the group a story about my affair.

One writer said, you didn’t seem to enjoy the sex very much

And encouraged me to add some positive remarks

Another commented that I did not come across as a very nice person.

Because of this feedback

I have advice for critics who may read about the intimate details

Of a person’s history in the course of a workshop:

Stay away from moral judgments

Or personality analysis.

Stick to literary merit.

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2 Responses to Workshopping

  1. David Green says:

    When it comes to throwing stones – judging others – all of us live in glass houses.

  2. kitkat says:

    Those people sound like idiots and it must have been so hard to share what happened to you only to get that response. Don’t let that stop you though from telling your truths!

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