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 email@example.com.
Thanks for your understanding, and happy writing!