Any of the experienced MFAers have any advice on how to cope with the ups and downs of workshop? I just took my turn having my stuff workshopped for the first time, and even though all in all it didn't go too badly, I feel emotionally flatenned and oh so tired. Like I want to nap through the next two weeks at least.
The one thing I can say about this is that it does get better. I mean, that first one is so full of pressure. What will they think of me? Will they kick me out? Am I good enough? etc. But after a year, I'm having my work workshopped for the first time this semester, and honestly, I really haven't thought about it much. The year has given me enough confidence in my writing that I can look at other people's criticism of my work much more even-mindedly.
But in terms of where you're at right now, I say put the story or what have you away for a little while and look at it again once you can actually hear the comments of your classmates and not how they made you feel. Also, I would definitely recommend not stressing out too much so that you don't end up feeling too emotionally spent afterward. I tend to use the week before workshop as a fun week... I take a break that week so that I approach the workshop enthusiastically.