Co-Founder and Community Developer · Fictionista Workshop · Jul 2009 to 2011 · Distributed

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Seeing the need for supportive, positive communities dedicated to promoting the creation of online fiction, my partners created Fictionista Workshop, a non-profit community (now Writers' Collective) that is proud to operate on a volunteer-basis engaging several dozens of women and men from 20+ countries. Our online community of writers, editors, and readers come together to create a place where authors can work to hone both their writing skills and manuscripts. To do this, we offer three free programs: The Workshop, WitFit, and the Collective.

The Workshop is our most intense program and offers an in-depth, twelve-week critique of a finished manuscript. This program is designed to help a manuscript become marketable and prepare it for submission. The Writers' Collective is a small writing group that meets once a week for twelve weeks with a moderator and reader to hone the writer's skills in a non-threatening, intimate environment. WitFit is our wildly successful series of daily writing prompts for all genres. It was created to encourage a writer to practice their craft in small, daily doses.

We are dedicated to promoting online writing with quality fiction Workshops, supportive Writing Collectives and various unique programs utilizing the power of the Internet to bring relevant resources, topics and projects related to the online writing revolution. 

WHY?

People who enjoy the online writing and reading communities are eager for creative opportunities in which they can interact with others. Writing can be a lonely process, whether done in private or with others; having a ready pool of other writers, editors, and readers available for immediate discussion and feedback when needed can be extraordinarily helpful.

We're a supportive community of writers, editors, and readers, hoping to assist the online writing community through various projects and programs. As a volunteer-run organization, Fictionista Workshop is grateful for the heartwarming support of the the online community, and we are dedicated to recognizing that support by welcoming you to our programs.

We seek to build an environment that fosters creative license and professionalism, free speech, civil discussion and accountability within our community. Our team includes volunteers from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nurtured an environment that fostered creative license and professionalism, cooperation and positive relationship-building, free speech, civil discussion and accountability within the community, resulting in 12 writers seeking private or commercial publication after workshop conclusion.
  • Founded and directed a supportive, positive community dedicated to promoting the creation of online fiction by operating 12 annual workshops comprised of four writers, four moderators, 16 critics and six editors. 
  • Recruited, vetted and trained 30+ volunteers.
  • Established extensive operational procedures for six five-person workshops; managed team that coordinated 12 annual quality fiction workshops, supportive Writing Collectives. 
  • Evaluated 25+ quarterly submissions from fiction writers and selected submissions based on quality, completion, talent and genre. 
  • Organized and recruited managers and promoters of the popular daily writing prompt, WitFit, resulting in successful launch. 
  • Recruited six moderators to manage and direct operations of one or more consecutive individual forums; moderators were critical to the success of each workshop by resolving disagreements and maintaining discussion threads. 

When?

Workshops launch in spring and fall and run for approximately twelve weeks. We are always looking for writers with completed works of original fiction, as well as editors, critique participants, and moderators for the Fall workshops. 

Who?

PARTICIPANTS: Workshop participants are readers, observers, and constructive critics, offering detailed feedback in formats appropriate for the workshop setting, as well as support and encouragement. Participants offer critiques of the work from various perspectives, commenting on everything from characterization, plot, setting to giving in-depth literary critiques. Participants are the key component to the program’s success and are invaluable to all our writers.

If you are interested, please consider applying. We accept applications all year long, though we only run a few workshops a year.

Click here to apply as a participant.

EDITORS: Editors work closely with the authors, reviewing, analyzing, redacting, and sometimes even rewriting the manuscripts.

Editors in the workshop include story editors and copy editors. Story editors look for plausibility in the work as a whole, evaluating plot, storyline, and character development, developing the material and clarifying ambiguities. They evaluate the manuscript and challenge the writer when they find faulty logic, inconsistencies, and vagueness. They also may rewrite, cut, clarify, and format the work as needed. Copy editors proofread a writer’s work, but also address stylistic issues, pointing out problems but not reworking them.  Editors are essential to polishing a manuscript. If you are interested in becoming an editor, please apply below.

Click here to apply as an editor.

MODERATORS: The moderator manages and directs operations of the writing projects on The Writer’s Collective. This role is critical to the success of a given project, essentially functioning as the group’s leader and project manager in addition to performing more traditional duties of a discussion moderator, such as resolving disagreements.

Click here to apply as a moderator. (The Moderator application is the Participant form – please mark “YES” for the Moderator question to apply for this position)

WRITERS: Writers are the reason for our Workshops and Collectives and are at the heart of what we do. Any serious writer wanting feedback is encouraged to submit their application to either of our programs.  If accepted, they can work together with the participants in their group to polish their work and hone their skills through our proven process.

Writers are asked to submit a portion of their manuscript for editing and then group critique each week for the twelve weeks of the workshop. This means that writers are constantly under a deadline for the twelve weeks as they continuously edit their work and participate in the active critique of their manuscript. A writer must maintain a positive attitude and be willing to accept criticism. If you and your manuscript could benefit from a Workshop, please apply below.

Click here to apply as a writer.