Workshops aren't as bad as some might think. For those of us who pursued a writing degree, we came to respect and almost enjoy workshop classes. True, it was tough at first, having people criticize something you pour your heart and soul into, but in the end we learned to value their feedback. After all, how were we going to grow as writers if we didn't know what people were looking for or how to improve our stories.
For those of you out there who are writers, but never had the chance to take a formal workshop class, I say dive into one as soon as possible. You can try the online workshops like Writers Online Workshops.com or The Writer's Studio. You'll be able to get the feedback you may be looking for. However, I say at least once, try a classroom workshop class. You'd be surprised the difference it makes to have fellow writers in the same room as you. You can tell a lot about someone's feedback by how they say it and what their expressions look like.
Check out your local adult education programs or perhaps the YMCA. You may even want to consider starting one of your own. If you happen to know a group of writers whether at work or in your personal life, suggest a writer's group. You might be surprised at how many people are interested. Sometimes writer's just need motivation to write and a workshop can do just that.