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Do You Want to Host a Workshop?

Sun Aug 24, 2014, 10:00 AM


Hello all

As you may be aware, I recently revived Writers-Workshop and now into the fourth workshop since starting again. Three of these workshops have been run by myself, but what made the group so awesome in the past was having different hosts each month. This also meant drawing in from different experiences, skills and cultures from all over deviantART, giving a wide variety of workshop choices. We are now looking for future workshop hosts, trying to book up to the end of this year, with a different workshop each month.

You can run it by yourself, or with a friend or on behalf of another group, we are all for that. Your workshop can also be whatever you like as long as it fits the month period. If you are unfamiliar with our group format, it might be worth keeping an eye on the current workshops to see how it all works. There is a dedicated backroom team to support you also, so you're not flying solo. It would be really positive to increase the diversity around the workshop.

The actual commitment of a month sounds huge, but what we're really asking for is someone to write a launch journal, keep everyone enthused about the workshop and a wrap up journal at the end. We don't expect the workshop host to critique every workshop submission, but we do ask for them to select a few pieces that stood out and to share their thoughts on how the workshop went.

If you are interested, we are looking to book people from September through to December (and beyond if we actually get that many people!). Please drop Writers-Workshop a note with the month(s) you would be interested in hosting a workshop and share any ideas you have on a workshop.

If you know of anyone who might actually be able to run a good workshop too, please do forward this on and spread the word! We  appreciate the support!

Many thanks

Becca


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1. You must already be a member of Writers-Workshop. We'd prefer you to have participated in one or more of our previous workshops already, so you have an understanding of our format.

2. Please  consider the content of the workshop you are planning. We look for people who have some kind of experience in the subject area they want to workshop. (For example, please don't ask to host a workshop on children's prose if you have never written for children before!). We also love diversity- think about different forms, styles, particular writers, prompts, themes, poetry, prose, scripts, nonfiction- anything! 

3. As a workshop host, you will be given certain rights to manage the group. This will include the allowance to post journals and accept/reject submissions to the workshop gallery. It also means you will have temporary access to our back room and private areas. If you are accepted as a host, we expect you to treat these areas with respect and privacy. 

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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
*crawls out from under rock*

Apparently most of us don't think we have the clout to pull it off. I like the idea of multiple people. Less stressful, less pressure, and more ideas! I'm interested in nonfiction, but I haven't written it in so long! Aside from academic writing for college - one of which still not completed... I only graduated a year and a half ago, it's totally cool.

*retreats back under rock*
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
I think people are using the "clout" as a reason not to- I'm not expecting everyone to be educated literary professors with 45 publications under their belt- it's more being able to deliver a workshop with a good sense of knowledge and passion about the workshop they present. It could even be a learning one for the host- i.e. "I want to learn about sestinas so lets all do a workshop together on sestinas" 

Does that make sense?
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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
It does make sense! And I do want to learn more about sestinas. :D Unfortunately I don't have the time to commit right now (or internet access), but hopefully workshops will still be around when I do.
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm no expert in any field of writing, but I do have an idea for a workshop that I would be happy to run at some point. My friends and I were discussing how poetry and prose differ and when we prefer to use them. I was thinking we could have them write one outline for a story they want to convey, then try it in both a poem and a prose format to see the differences for tehmselves and help them later choose what style to tell their story in.
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
We've actually done a workshop before in a similar way where we've asked people to covert an old poem/prose into the opposite form!

I think people are getting hung up about being an "expert"- the main thing is knowing what you are talking about to set the workshop, sometimes that might involve a bit of research or keeping the workshop simple :)
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's cool!

I think I understand how to run one, but I might like to see how others run it first
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd love to. But it's not something I could maintain right now. When I'm better.
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
Take your time and think about it when you're ready :hug:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Writer
Oh dear. I'd love to help but I don't think I have anything I'm an expert in, haha.
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
I'm not exactly an expert in anything but over the years have probably hosted about 30 different workshops- its more something you have a passion for or willing to research. Or do a more simple workshop such as theme based?
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