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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  • Erica B.

    We seemed to get off track a bit more than normal, but some good discussion.

    January 10, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Off track because Chris took us by storm, and spiced up the meeting :--))

      January 10, 2014

  • Dale W.

    Good honest feedback. Thanks, I love it.

    January 10, 2014

  • Thomas C.

    I agree with Erica, there is a tendency in the group to digress. I would suggest setting aside some time at the end to continue discussions for anyone desiring to participate. Also, as discussed last night there should be a set of minimum criteria provided on the website for those submitting pieces. Getting blind-sided by unknown expectations is not helpful.

    January 10, 2014

  • Jessika

    Always helpful and engaging!

    January 10, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Every one being well prepared, made it very enjoyable and helpful. Great meeting, lots of laughs.

    January 10, 2014

  • Christopher L W.

    High Quality Meet-shop.
    Thank you everyone who read my piece at the last moment and went above and beyond in printing and marking up copies.

    January 10, 2014

  • Josiah

    Hey gang, really sorry but something's come up and I can't make it tonight :(

    January 9, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone, if you have time today, please take a look at Chris Weston's short piece, 3 pages, big type. I'm going to try to squeeze it in :--))

    January 9, 2014

  • Christopher L W.

    Here is My file for[masked] BAM Meet-shop. http://files.meetup.com/4955652/SUF%20C.L.W%201-9-14.rtf

    January 8, 2014

  • Christopher L W.

    Could you post a link to something for me to review, and I'll mark it up for the meet-shop.

    January 8, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone.

    Since we have a full compliment of submissions for the January 9th Writing Workshop at BAM, I'm closing the submissions now to give you plenty of time to read.
    ----------------------------------­­------------------
    The following pieces are up for review by the group:

    Dale's first 2 chapters of a juvenile novel, The Dumb Room

    Erica’s short story, Times of Her Life, Sci-Fi/Speculative Fiction geared to Y/A

    Roger’s first Chapter of a WWI Thriller, The Music of the Wires

    Kevin’s short story, Pattin's Perverse Pickup
    ----------------------------------­­------------------
    Please do not update or submit revisions of your pieces before the meeting.

    Looking forward to seeing you all on the ninth.

    January 1, 2014

  • joan

    Sorry, I have a Permaculture Class that night. Looking forward to the next writers workshop. I really enjoyed it.

    December 29, 2013

  • Roger P.

    We now have four excellent submissions for the workshop, which completes the quota. I'll keep things open until January 1st, though, in case any of the four intrepid writers wish to submit revisions. Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year.

    December 23, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Hi, this is Lindy and Kevin reserving our slots for this Jan workshop.

    December 15, 2013

  • Roger P.

    We now have three submissions for the workshop, and are looking for one more.

    December 15, 2013

  • Erica B.

    FYI - I posted something yesterday but just took it down because I realized I wanted to make a couple of small changes. If you downloaded it, please discard, and I'll get an updated version loaded later today.

    December 15, 2013

    • Roger P.

      No Problem, Erica. Take all the time you need :--))

      December 15, 2013

    • Erica B.

      Just got the revised version uploaded - amazing what you can do when you get a snow day. :)

      1 · December 15, 2013

  • Dale W.

    Roger,

    I am posting 2 chapters from a novel I am working on. The group discussed one of my stories at the last meeting, please feel free to bump my posting if writers not submitting last time come out of the woodwork. Thanks.

    December 8, 2013

    • Roger P.

      Thanks for posting the chapters, Dale. No way will I bump them off the list :--))

      December 9, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Not completely sure I'll be able to make this date, but I'll change my RSVP if it doesn't work out.

    December 6, 2013

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