Just to clarify something: I fucking LOVE my workshop and my MFA program. My defense of pat is simply that: a defense of something I love, too. I was simply venting and giving my POV on why pat is underrated. My workshops have been helpful and my classmates are awesome, including the ones that dislike pat. My writing has improved and I’ve been happy here. So, those who are linking to the pat defense and framing it as “workshop bashing”: no, no, no, no, no.