We workshop through Google Drive. This lets us leave collective comments together on one draft so the writer doesn’t recieve 15+ copies to put together. Whether you respond to your feedback or remain silent until the end of the workshop period is up to you. We encourage writers to respond to their critiques if they are comfortable doing so, as it can help direct the workshop in a direction that helps the writer. Writers should feel comfortable explaining their work. Below, are our rules for workshop. But we have one guiding rule:
You must offer feedback in order to be eligible for workshop. We give and get in this group. If you don’t offer feedback in workshops you will be barred from receiving feedback on your own work.
Above all, be respectful.
Be polite and give feedback as well as you recieve it.
- Be respectful to your fellow workshoppers by making sure your work is on time and ready for critique.
- Format your work correctly so that it is easily read. (12 pt font, convert to Google doc on upload or simply copy/paste, double spaced)
- If you have questions about the feedback, simply respond to the comment and ask it.
- If there is something you want particular attention paid to, leave us a note at the start of your submission in bold font.
- If you’re giving us a scene that’s later in your novel, give us a brief summary in bold font at the top of your submission.
- If you want to respond to feedback, do so. We’re here to make work better.
- Use your feedback, or don’t. The police won’t come knocking down your door if you decide something doesn’t fit.
- Workshops are safe spaces. Don’t be rude.
- We’re here to make the work better, don’t hold back when something doesn’t make sense.
- If you have an idea of how something could be made clearer, offer it.
- Respond to your fellow workshoppers if you agree or disagree with their feedback so the Writer has more to go off of.
- Recognize the difference between a “bad story” and “poor execution.” If you feel something feels derivative, mention it and move on.
- Try not to copyedit, unless this is asked for OR the line/piece would benefit greatly from it.