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.

    I think I could have done a better job as the host!

    September 12

    • Dale W.

      Worked for a Principal (high school) who constantly kept telling us teachers, "You can always do better." one day at a Dept. Heads meeting I finally got tired of it and responded, "The logical equivalent of your statement is 'It doesn't matter what we do, it's not good enough'." You do a great job. Don't beat yourself up.

      1 · September 12

    • Roger P.

      Thanks guys!

      September 12

  • fran m.

    It was good. Nice to see so many enthusiastic people. I am looking forward to sharing my work for the next session.

    1 · September 12

    • Roger P.

      I'm looking forward to reading your work, Fran :--))

      September 12

  • Lucinda K.

    Hi, thanks for letting me upload my story.
    By the way, please call me Lucinda, I would really appreciate it.

    September 3

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone,

    We have a full load of submissions now, so I am shutting things down to give you plenty of time to read. Let's review them at the meeting them in the order they were received:

    Dale's Epicurean Dilemma
    Erica's Chapters 8 and 9
    Roger's My Books Video
    Lucinda's Devil's Dues
    Mitch's revised Chapter 1
    Bob's CHAPTER 9

    Anything we don't have time to cover can be deferred to our October meeting.

    Looking forward to seeing you all on September 11th.

    Roger

    September 3

  • Roger P.

    Thanks for uploading more of your memoir, Mitch.

    September 3

  • Roger P.

    Thanks for uploading your story, Linda :--))

    September 3

  • Roger P.

    Hi Everyone,

    It's time to be checking your calendars, dusting off those spectacular short stories and chapters and considering submitting them to the workshop for review, be they rewrites or new.

    Roger

    August 20

  • Kevin S.

    Lindy and I will attend.

    August 15

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