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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  • Roger P.

    Yes, thanks for the feedback, much appreciated :--))

    September 6, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Many thanks to Kevin for bringing his interesting daughter and son-in-law from Germany to the meeting. That and having Joe, Erika, Lindy and Bob made it a terrific evening.

    September 6, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Great meeting! Too bad not everyone could make it, but I enjoyed the discussion, and it was fun having the guests.

    September 6, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Thanks for the feedback to those in attendance.

    September 5, 2013

  • Mark

    Ugh. Last minute snafu. Won't be able to make it. Catch you next time!

    September 5, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Hoping to make it, although I'll have just gotten back from Acadia, so I may need to pull out when it's closer.

    August 19, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm closing the submissions down for the September 5th Writing Workshop now to give you plenty of time to read:

    Joe Hessert's short story, A Sort of Pleading

    Kevin Sheehan's short story, Godin Gridlock, revision 2

    Bob Matulonis' Prologue to his latest novel

    Roger Pepper's Chapters 1 & 2 of Nola, a novel

    Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

    If anyone else has a piece of writing to upload, please save it for the October workshop meeting (If that doesn't work out for you, contact me by email).

    Roger

    August 19, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Thanks, Tim!

    August 15, 2013

  • Roger P.

    We're still looking for at least 1 more submission for the Sept. 5th Workshop. If anyone has a story, even a page or two that they'd like us all to read, please think about uploading it. If you think you might have something in time for the meeting, don't hesitate to speak up, to email me, please.

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

    August 14, 2013

    • Timothy M.

      I will try to get something revised over the next week. Unless someone beats me to it!

      August 14, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    The final revision of my submission for this workshop, Godin Gridlock, has just been posted. Please scrap the first two versions. I promise not to change anything more until I get feedback from the group.

    August 12, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Kevin, thanks for uploading Godin Gridlock.

    Can't wait to read :--))

    August 8, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Story is up - I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on my piece and offering feedback to the other work offered for the Sept. workshop. See you all in ~ a month!

    August 6, 2013

    • Roger P.

      Great, I'm looking forward to reading it, Joe. Your input to my 'Brothers' story at the August workshop was very helpful, and it now starts with Corky in Siberia. She doesn't even mention Afghanistan :--))

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    We are hoping our daughter and son-in-law from Cologne will accompany us. She is in a writers group in Germany.

    August 6, 2013

    • Roger P.

      Sounds fascinating, Kevin. I hope they make it to the meeting.

      August 6, 2013

  • Joe H.

    I'll upload a story in the next day or so

    August 5, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    I hope to have two guests, my daughter Heather and her husband Ivo from Germany.

    August 5, 2013

    • Roger P.

      Sounds good to me Kevin, and since they're unlikely to have read the submissions, I won't count them in the numbers.

      August 5, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Lindy and I will be there.

    August 5, 2013

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