Rebeck's clever commercial entertainment contains just enough truth about writing workshops to keep an audience of non-writers interested. Of course, no professor, no matter how vainglorious or vitriolic, would ever come to class as unprepared as Leonard: his judgments are based on a cursory reading of a few pages handed over to him on the day, which he proceeds to digest and to toss unceremoniously on the floor. This is the preposterous Broadway version of a writing class.I don't know what kind of creative writing classes Lahr has been in, but I've been in writing workshops with writers of varying degrees of success, and it always seemed like the more impressive a writer's resume was, the less prepared he bothered to be, for whatever reason. Of course, the bulk of my experience is playwriting, which gets the easy rationalization that the text is better heard than read. Why should we bother reading outside of class? That was even asserted to me by my advisor when I was preparing to teach in grad school. He was looking out for me, as I was carrying a full course load and doing rewrites for a play about to go into rehearsals, but still.
I can't remember if that was before or after that time we had to call his home phone from class to remind him that he had to teach us that day.
Okay, that was an easy punchline. I'm being too hard on him. He was not the least prepared of my "mentors." Not by a long shot.
This one was likely the most. She read our stuff before meeting with us. I always appreciated that.