Is private mentoring better than group work?
Hi. I'm trying to decide between a workshop that has ten writers and private mentoring. Both would cost the same, but the group would run a few weeks longer. Is one likely to help me improve my writing more than the other?
Hi Jacqueline. I've always been a big fan of private mentoring, as the new writer benefits from having a knowledgeable, successful writer focus exclusively on his or her work. I'm still a fan of this method of learning.
However, the right group situation can have an even greater impact on your work for two reasons:
- You will benefit from seeing what the instructor notes in the work of other group members
- If others in the group comment on your work, you will have the benefit of several different opinions. The opinions don't need to come from a professional writer to have value. Learning what the "average reader" picks up on or fails to notice in your work can be valuable, as well.