Temporary Workshop Priorities & Submission Procedure

I’ve got good news and bad news.  The good news is that we’ve had a tremendous response to our workshops lately!  The bad news is that it’s becoming too much reading to ask of our workshoppers, if we expect them to do a good job and provide quality feedback.

So we’re going to make some temporary changes.  We’re looking at ways of improving our format, and possibly providing more sessions.  For now, we’re going to prioritize the types of pieces that we evaluate at workshops.

The basic principle is to make the items that we can evaluate most effectively our first priority.  So, when we receive all of the pieces, I’ll select about 8 (depending on length) for the workshop according to these priorities.

1. Short Stories and items for CCC projects.

2. Other short stories

3. Poems, essays, and other misc. items.

4. Novel chapters

Obviously, as a group, we can be most effective at providing feedback on stories for CCC projects, because everyone knows exactly what the final goals are.

Within each tier, we’ll put executive members (paid co-op members) first, then people who are regular workshop participators, then the general population.  Anyone can become an executive member.

I hate to establish any kind of hierarchy, but as a temporary solution I think this is how we can be most effective.

So, when you send something in for workshop, please specify what it is you’re sending.  Please continue to send everything you’d like workshopped, whether it’s likely to get in or not.  There is still the occasional workshop where we only receive 4 or 5 pieces, in which case your novel chapter or whatever will definitely be included.

To submit something for the 9/14 workshop, please email it to us by Sunday night at info@ohiowriters.org.

Thanks for your understanding, and happy writing!

Next Columbus Writers’ Workshop: September 14, 2011

The next Columbus Writers’ Workshop will be on Wednesday evening, September 14, 2011.  Login to your free ColumbusCoop.org account for details.

All are welcome to attend.  If you’d like to have something evaluated by your peers that night, please make sure to email it to us at info@ColumbusCoop.org by no later than Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Our workshops are a great, low-pressure way to share your work with others, and receive constructive feedback.  For more information, please check out our Workshop Blog Category, or our Writers’ Workshop FAQs.

Next Columbus Writers’ Workshop: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  Please login to your ColumbusCoop.org account for time and place information.  (Don’t have one?  Register here, it’s free)

We’ll post an optional writers’ prompt shortly.

You may submit anything you’d like reviewed to the workshop, it does not have to be part of a CCC project.  However, if you would like to work towards inclusion in a CCC project, we currently have two in the works.

1) Columbus Story Salon – August 27, 2011 reading at Kafe Kerouac.  Topic – On Ice: Stories About Keeping Cool

2) Next Anthology: The 614 – All stories must be at least partially set in Columbus or Central Ohio.

Writers of all types and genres are encouraged to attend our writers’ workshops, regardless of skill or experience level.

For more information on writers’ workshops, check out this FAQ.

Hope to see on on 8/24!  Contact us with any questions.

Next Columbus Writers’ Workshop: August 10, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be on Wednesday evening, August 10, 2011.

Login to your ColumbusCoop.org account for time and place details.  You can also create an account here for free.

As always, all are welcome to attend whether you submit something for feedback or not.  Those that wish to have their work reviewed should email it to us by no later than Sunday night, August 7, 2011.

You’re welcome to submit anything you’d like for feedback, it does not need to pertain to a CCC publishing project.  Some suggested projects to work on include:

“On Ice: Stories About Keeping Cool” for our August 27, 2011 live reading.  Stories should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in preparation for reading performance at Kafe Kerouac (more info coming soon)

The Memory Eater: Matt Hance’s independent anthology.

Stories of Columbus: The unofficial announcement of our next anthology project.  Write a new story or rewrite an old one.  The only rule – all submissions must be set in Columbus, Ohio.

Thanks everyone.  I hope to see you on the 10th.  Contact us with any questions, and check out our Workshop Frequently Asked Questions.

See You At Writers’ Workshop Tonight?

Writers’ Workshop is tonight!  I hope to see you there.

For time and place information, as well as to download the stories we’ll be reviewing, simply log in to your ColumbusCoop.org account.

Don’t have one?  It’s free and easy.  Register here.

All are welcome to attend tonight, whether you’ve submitted something for review or not.  It’ll be a room full of people that span the demographic spectrum, and represent all levels of writing experience.

I hope to see you there.  Please contact us with questions.

Next Workshop: July 27, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be held on the evening of Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  Please login to your ColumbusCoop.org account for time and place information.  (Don’t have one?  Register here, it’s free)

We’ll post an optional writers’ prompt shortly.

Writers of all types and genres are encouraged to attend our writers’ workshops, regardless of skill or experience level.

For more information on writers’ workshops, check out this FAQ.

Hope to see on on 7/27!  Contact us with any questions.

Next Writers’ Workshop: July 13, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.  Please login to your ColumbusCoop.org account for time and place information.  (Don’t have one?  Register here, it’s free)

June has 5 Wednesdays, so it’s actually three weeks out this time around.  We’ll get a writers’ prompt up for you shortly.

For more information on writers’ workshops, check out this FAQ.

Hope to see on on 7/13!  Contact us with any questions.

A Novel Approach – Announcing Long Fiction Feedback Sessions

At Columbus Creative Cooperative, we’re always looking for ways to grow and improve, and better serve our community of writers.

From the beginning, writers have been submitting novel chapters as part of our regular semi-monthly workshops, and we’ll continue to encourage this.  It’s a great way to work out dialog, muddied action sequencing and get feedback on tone and humor.

However, some elements of a novel need to be considered all at once to judge their effectiveness.  And besides, going through your novel at a rate of 2 chapters per month could take years to get through.

So we’re going to start doing novel workshop sessions by appointment.  This is an opportunity for you to have the group look at your entire novel in one sitting, and it should be extremely helpful.

Now you can get feedback on whether the clues from chapter one are panning out correctly in chapter 16, or whether the whole thing is just confusing.  You can get a sense of how many characters are too many or not enough to carry your plot, and so on.

We’ll do one novel every two months.  Please jump in and get your name on the schedule.  Priority will obviously go to those individuals who are participating and giving feedback to other authors first.

Our first session will be on July 9, 2011, I think it will be a good time.  Please contact us to let us know you’d like to participate, and we’ll get the manuscript to you to read ahead of time.  It’s a complete manuscript by a talented writer and fairly polished, so it should be a good read.

I hope to see you there.

Next Writers’ Workshop: June 22, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be on the evening of Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Bexley.  Please login to your free ColumbusCoop.org account for specific time and location information.

This will be the last workshop before the June 27, 2011 deadline for the “Tales of the Unexpected” anthology.  Please use this opportunity to get some constructive feedback on anything you’re considering submitting for the anthology.

IMPORTANT EXCEPTION:  This time around, please make sure to email anything you’d like feedback on in by Saturday, June 18, 2011 at noon.

Need help getting started?  Try this week’s writing prompt: Unlikely Predators, or any of our other writing prompts.

Have questions about our writers’ workshops?  Check out our Columbus Writers’ Workshop FAQs or contact us.

Two Workshops Left – Please Join Us

There are two workshops left before the submission deadline for our “Tales of the Unexpected” anthology on June 27.

Attending our workshops won’t officially help your chances of being included, but whether you’re brand new to the craft or a seasoned professional, they will help you write a better story.

Our workshops will be on June 8 and June 23, both Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.  Create an account and login for location information and more details.

Anyone can join us for our workshops and get feedback on their story, essay, novel chapter, etc.  Don’t forget to send anything you’d like peer feedback on at our June 8, 2011 workshop to info@ColumbusCoop.org no later than midnight on Sunday, June 5.

Don’t know where to start writing?  Give one of our writing prompts a try.

Thanks!  I hope to see you there.  Please contact us with any questions.