Next Columbus Writers’ Workshop: October 12, 2011

The next writers’ workshop will be held in the evening of Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  Simply log in to your ColumbusCoop.org account for specific details (not a member, register for free here).

If you’d like to have a story peer-reviewed at the workshop, please email it to info@ColumbuscOop.org no later than Sunday night, October 9, 2011.  Everything will be available on Monday morning for everyone to download and read before the workshop.

As always, everyone is welcome to join us for workshop whether you submit a piece for evaluation or not.

Thanks!  I hope to see you on the 12th!  Please contact us with any questions.

Good Advice: Workshop Then Submit

I know that there are scheduling conflicts and this and that, but I want to strongly encourage you to workshop your story before you submit it for the “Columbus, Ohio” anthology.

It won’t technically increase your chances of being included in the story, but if you subject your story to honest, high-caliber critical review and then revise, you’ll have a stronger story.  That’s the best boost you can get.

When we were going through the submissions for our “Tales of the Unexpected” anthology, there were so many great starts in the pile.  These writers had good, clever ideas and could obviously put a sentence together, but the piece still needed two or three feedback sessions to get to the level we need and be an exceptional story.

Unfortunately, after the submission process is complete, we don’t generally have time to devote to that much development.  Whereas if a writer comes to a workshop or two with the story and gets the ball rolling, we can do a light rewrite after it’s accepted and then it’s good to go.

Our next workshop will be on Wednesday 9/28.  If you’re thinking about submitting something for the next anthology, I strong encourage you to attend.  I think you’ll get a lot out of it, and it’s actually a pretty good time, too.

If you can’t make it, we’re not the only good workshop group in town.  Do your best to get your story in front of other critical writers–your friends and your mom just can’t give you the level of feedback that most stories need to become exceptional.  🙂

In any case, I hope that you decide to submit something for our Columbus, Ohio anthology (more info here).  Happy writing!

Next Columbus Writers’ Workshop: September 28, 2011

Our next writers’ workshop will be in the evening on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.  Please login to your free ColumbusCoop.org account (click here to register) for specific time and place details.

This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your “Columbus, Ohio” story before you submit it for our next anthology.  Of course, as always, you’re free to submit anything you’d like to our workshop whether it’s for a CCC project or not, and all are welcome to attend regardless of whether you submit this week.

Please send anything you’d like peer evaluated at this workshop to info@ohiowriters.org by Sunday night, September 25, 2011.  We’ll have them posted to the members-only section of the website on Monday morning so that everyone has a chance to read and prepare feedback before the workshop.

Please refer to our temporary workshop submission priorities.  But please feel free to submit anything you’d like evaluated, last week we were able to get to everything that was sent in.

You can also find helpful information on our Workshop Frequently Asked Questions.

Thanks, I hope to see you on the 28th.  Please contact us with any questions.

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.