Champions

Skilledcham•pi•on (ch m p – n)
n.
1. One that wins first place or first prize in a competition.
2. One that is clearly superior or has the attributes of a winner: a champion at teaching.
3. An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person: a champion of the homeless.
4. One who fights; a warrior.
tr.v. cham•pi•oned, cham•pi•on•ing, cham•pi•ons
1. To fight for, defend, or support as a champion: championed the cause of civil rights. See Synonyms at support.

From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

I love Tuesdays. Lots of creative work goes on at Stage Left on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday is my Writing Your Heart Out workshop.
We always read our freshly written new scenes for each other, and take notes of the feedback. Over the last 2-3 years we’ve been writing together in the workshop, our analytical abilities have sharpened. We’re better at articulating our impressions. And, since we have been in for the ride on each other’s plays, we know each other’s characters and story lines. It’s a room of excellent writers.
During today’s feedback session, I found myself, for the first time, actually making edits during feedback. (Since I’m a pretty fast typist, this was not rude. I made them in the time it would have taken to make notes) They did the same when they read. We were brainstorming.
Now when I’m working with a solo show artist, we’ll often brainstorm about the show. It’s part of the process. One-on-one brainstorm sessions have a balanced quality, which I like.
Working with a group of writers, though, is exhilarating. With five skilled writers providing experienced assessments, we can better examine our writing. With five other hearts and minds offering input on the content, or form, or style, we can more readily move outside our own particular boxes.
That’s what we are doing on Tuesdays–investing in each other’s writing process. Our plays are still our own – no one meddles. It’s like the best part of being sisters. We champion each other’s work. We have become a writer’s room.

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