I think that the workshop room at the top of Gilman Hall is probably one of the best workshop rooms I ever been in. Many years after I attended the workshop, when in Baltimore I went up there and took a picture. And I wrote a message on the chalkboard. It had a chalkboard in age of whiteboards. I don't remember what I wrote.
Loved classes up there. I was there for Jack Barth's last years teaching seminar there, and I always picture him up there, gently telling us that all the stories had been told, but it was okay.
I have fond memories about that place also. It's too bad somebody didn't have the foresight to make a wall for students to scratch their literary graffiti on. I had classes with Barth and Coetzee there (in 1988-9). Dixon's classes were in the basement.
The one thing that amazed me the most about JHU was how many people turned up for literary readings.
Hey, if you want to hear an interview with Barth, check http://wiredforbooks.org/johnbarth/. Hearing his voice definitely brought me back to my days at Writing Seminars.
I always remember Barth talking about Kakheperresenb's Complaint during class. http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/06/21/specials/barth-writing.html
If you graduated from Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars or are currently enrolled, here is a group to join to keep track of other WS alumns. Graduate/undergraduate, it doesn't matter. Note: this is not officially affiliated with Johns Hopkins.http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/