Writing Workshop

Would you like to submit your writing to be reviewed by some of your peers? Here’s how:

  • format your work with a minimum 1.5 line spacing and a minimum 11 point font to be easily readable to your reviewers and to allow them room for comments between the lines.
  • make sure your work, when formatted as above, is about 20-ish pages or less in length.
  • add the date of the workshop you’re submitting for in the title of your file prior to uploading it (for example ‘My Great American Novel - Chapter 1 (3/7/13).doc’).
  • on the Portland Aspiring Writers Group meetup home page, click the More button and then select Files from the dropdown menu. At the top of this page below the word Files is a link that says Add a File. Click this and follow the prompts to upload your work. Add a description if you’d like, especially if the content may be challenging.
  • that’s it!
  • if you have any questions/concerns or you’d like permission to bend the rules a bit, contact the workshop’s host prior to the meetup.


We’ll workshop a maximum of four (4) pieces of writing, one from each of the first four attendees to post their work as outlined above. I’d like to suggest anyone submitting work commit straightaway to being at the workshop, barring emergencies or unforeseen circumstances of course.

If you're coming as a reviewer it would be ideal for you to read, write down and comment on the work being submitted in advance, however if you can't do this beforehand please feel free to come anyway and join the conversation about each writer's work while it's in progress. As long as a few people can do the pre-workshop reviewing this should provide enough stimulation to get things started. You also do not have to stay for the stated duration of the workshop. This is a ballpark estimate and may vary based on the submissions.

As a final note, the workshop’s host will delete submitted files about one week after the workshop they’ve been submitted for has been concluded if the person submitting the work has not already done so. This is to keep the Files area clean. The workshop’s host and Portland Aspiring Writers Group assume no responsibility for the loss of your work, so please don’t post original files that you haven’t backed up somehow.

Good luck everyone. I look forward to seeing the submissions!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    No problem - I'm guessing that we all knew you didn't mean it that way. Bob has a compelling premise and a desire to make his novel as good as it can be. He also struck me as someone with enough self-confidence to take the criticism/suggestions that he agrees with and disregard the rest. Isn't that, ultimately, what we all have to do?

    Oh - and just so you don't feel bad, you're not the only one who benefits from a thump upside the head on occasion. As a person with no filter, I need a minimum of one a day.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You seem like a really nice guy Scott, so I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you didn't just say that women read mindless schlock because their tiny little brains can't handle the intricacies of politics and technology. In any cast, the demographics behind Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (a political/technological thriller) don't support your premise. Goodreads.com says that twice as many women as men read the book.

    Roger was very direct in his comments about how difficult the publishing world can be and I can only imagine that an agent or editor would be equally direct or, more likely, brutally direct with his or her authors. I am new to the group and have not yet fully grasped the group dynamics. If the purpose of the group is to improve our writing and work toward being published, don't we owe it to each other to be open about the strengths and weaknesses of the samples we read?

    July 6, 2013

  • Roger P.

    We were all trying to help Bob and he knows it, and I'm sure he realizes he has a lot of changes to make to succeed with the book. It falls right in with the current interests in political/high-tech thrillers and there's an excellent chance of finding a literary agent to represent it with a view to getting it published via the traditional route. Kudos to Bob for coming up with an excellent premise.

    July 4, 2013

  • Erica B.

    It was good to meet folks, and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to read anything beforehand or stay through. Another time. Until then, happy writing!

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I hope you don't think we were too hard on Bob. It may have appeared that way simply because many of us are so enthusiastic about his book. I think it has an excellent chance of being published; esp with all the news drama regarding Snowden's revelations.

      July 3, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Excellent

    July 3, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Since I haven't been to one of these before, how long do they typically go? And is it okay to just come for a little bit if I'm not presenting anything? Work has been kind of hectic, so I'm not quite sure what I'll be up for this evening, so I thought I'd check.

    July 2, 2013

  • lindsey

    i need a ride from portland!

    June 27, 2013

    • lindsey

      oh wow that would be great! can you pick me up at the cumberland farms parking lot in the west end? 5:45 works. my number is[masked]-5402...

      June 29, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I should be able to give you a ride. I hope to be finished w/ work well before the mtg & will be setting out from the Parkside area.

      July 1, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Not completely sure I can make it, but I'll try.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. When i uploaded my file, it was double-spaced but the upload didn't retain the formatting...

    June 21, 2013

  • BOB M.

    I want to upload about 20 pages (tops) of the starting chapters of my second book. I'm almost done writing it but want to prepare an introductory synopsis. Should get it done by later this afternoon and will then upload it.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having a hard time figuring out which files are scheduled for disussion on 7/2 and didn't see anything from Bob, as mentioned below. Maybe it is a permissions issue?

    June 20, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Dear L & S -- computer still thinks I am Kev. So, please know that both Kevin & Lindy plan to attend both July 2 at 6:30p and July 11 at 5:45 p. Thanx.

    June 10, 2013

  • Lesley

    I can't make it this time, but I will read the submissions.

    June 8, 2013

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