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.

    One of the best!

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Erica B.

    Great to see both new and familiar faces, and lots of good discussion.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone,

    The meeting is only a week away now, so I'm closing (freezing) the submissions to give you plenty of time to read.

    Please don't submit revisions of your manuscripts before the meeting.

    The following memoirs and chapter are up for review:

    Mitch's Chapter 1 of his memoir

    Erica's Chapter 1 of her memoir

    Roger's new Chapter 1 of Where Ice Ran Red

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

    Roger :--))

    April 3, 2014

  • Mitchell S.

    Like Erica, I just submitted chapter 1 of my memoir.

    April 2, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Thanks a bunch, Mitchell! I'm looking forward to reading it and meeting you :--))

      April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wanted to do this but have a conflict with school. :(

    April 1, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Here's hoping that you'll soon be able to come :--))

      April 1, 2014

  • Erica B.

    Just uploaded chapter one of my memoir. I tested it this time, and it seems to be fine, but let me know if anyone has trouble with it.

    March 30, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Super, Erica! I downloaded it OK :--))

      March 30, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Lindy and I will be there.

    March 23, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone,

    Now's the time to be thinking about submitting a story or a chapter of a novel, memoir or nonfiction. Put on your thinking hats, let caution blow away in the wind and offer your best for us to enjoy and review.

    March 22, 2014

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