I'm reading through the workshop packet for my upcoming VCFA residency. What an amazing group of writers that I have the pleasure to be part of!
After only one semester in this program, I am a much more skilled reader. I am able to dissect a given piece of writing's strengths and weaknesses, and I have learned to articulate my suggestions and criticisms to better help the writer. "Reading Like A Writer" as Francine Prose and many others say is definitely a learned skill that has informed my own writing for the better. By being able to appropriately dissect a group of words in others' work, I can now revise my own work with much more clarity and objectiveness.