Salesses’s foremost concern is the way that the behavioral and artistic norms of writing workshops suppress or distort the voices of writers of color, but his deeper purpose is to suggest that the question “What makes a story ‘good writing’?” can’t be answered until you know who the story is for.
Maybe they’re thinking about it too much. I’ve been earning my living from my pen for nearly 60 years. I have never attended a writer’s workshop. It was on-the-job training right from the start.