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.

    Great meeting!

    August 15, 2014

  • Erica B.

    Great meeting - lots of good feedback, and it was fun seeing Roger's books.

    August 15, 2014

  • Donald

    can't make it.

    August 13, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Guys,

    Jackie has 1-1/2 pages that she would like to have feedback on, and has submitted it to the workshop after first asking if I could squeeze it in. Please join me in giving JanieJenna a quick read.



    August 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    False alarm. I wanted to share a short piece but I see that entries are closed. Would the organizers consider a meeting for short works?

    August 6, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Since we have 4 good pieces to review for the workshop, I'm closing the submissions now to give everyone plenty of time to read.

    For review are:

    Erica's memoir Chapters 5 to 7
    Mitch's memoir Chapter 11
    Dale's Dumb Room Ch. 5-11
    Kevin's poem WURLITZER

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon.


    August 4, 2014

  • Dale W.

    The piece I put in for last meeting I would like to submit again. My illness is over and I'm ten pounds lighter.

    July 21, 2014

    • Roger P.

      By all means resubmit your 'piece', we'll be happy to read it and see you again. Welcome back!

      July 21, 2014

  • Roger P.

    Hi Guys,

    Now's the time to be thinking about submitting a chapter of the great American novel, a heart-wrenching memoir, or one of your fabulous short stories for review and discussion at the meeting.

    Roger :--))

    July 21, 2014

  • Erica B.

    I hope you guys aren't getting sick of me - I just added more memoir chapters for review.

    July 19, 2014

    • Roger P.

      We need submissions! Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading your chapters.

      July 19, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Lindy and I will both attend

    July 15, 2014

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