Following our previous journal on our zombifiction revival, I am pleased to say it is crazy enough to have a go! I don’t expect every one of our 1500 members to get involved, but even if there is a handful each time getting some good out of this, then that’s one handful getting a better attack on their writing and understanding their niches. These groups hold a great opportunity to explore and stretch even the more experienced writers, and I believe that’s what made this group so good to begin with.
The Plan Batman
So here is my plan.
In May, we will hold a new workshop. The entire workshop will be encapsulated in one month: 2 weeks to write, 2 weeks to workshop.
Week 1, Day 1: Workshop brief is launched and you have 2 weeks to submit. The standard to what you submit can be anything from a rough draft to something you have worked on, it doesn't even have to be complete yet. (Please ensure you put it in stash or scraps if it is a WIP)
Week 3, day 1: Submissions are posted for critique and review
Week 4, end: At the end of the week, Workshop host to summarise results, pick a few pieces that stand out
End: We all celebrate with a glass or three.
The intention would be to have these run from the first Saturday of each month.
So what workshops are we doing?
All sorts. The idea is to vary what we do; covering different forms and styles and concepts. We want to look at habits and behaviours; things you don’t always consider as a writer first off. We also may use real examples, such as submission briefs in zines or contests going off elsewhere (maybe even some dA contests you can genuinely enter). We want to stretch you!
But I never get any feedback!
Urgh, critique. That thing we all want but rarely give ourselves. Critique isn't free; you can’t just throw up a deviation, go have a cup of tea and watch the responses come in. You have to work for it. There are PLENTY of opportunities to ask for critique including: Chat events, Critique groups, Critique forum thread, Helpful people who offer it in journals (networking!), asking people who you think would help you (and ask nicely!). We would expect anyone who submits in a workshop to actually participate in giving feedback to others in the workshop- that’s kind of the point. Plus it is AMAZING how much you can learn about your own work by looking at someone else’s- so it is ideally a win-win situation! /end rant
In this workshop environment, we do ask if people are participating, they at least offer feedback to one other piece in the group. If there needs to be an incentive to encourage this, thoughts are welcome.
So what can I do to help? Easy help
- Give this some encouragement! I'd like to see this journal full of enthusiastic comments or fancy banana drawings.Medium help
- Spread the word! Link this article in your personal journals, polls and groups!Hard Help
- If anyone has a desire to host a future workshop, let me know!Big scary commitment help
- I am looking for some backroom support to help manage this/ bounce ideas off/ plan workshops etc. If you are interested, let me know and we will have a chat.
Easy help is just as appreciated as the big scary! Support and enthusiasm is what keeps a group strong!
Roll on May... I guess I better be getting a workshop together! :woo: