Free Writing Programs Jul 13, 2005 17:10:12 GMT -6
Post by Joxcenia on Jul 13, 2005 17:10:12 GMT -6
A final word of advice about workshops... keep the critiques! Every one. I wish I'd known this at the time. When you finally do become a skillful and successful published author, you'll want to put up a promotional website. Your site will include reviews of your writing. Until you get input from the book reviewers, which I'll talk about later, you can use those workshop critiques.
Now then, here's my list of workshops:
The Wild East Forums (Asian)
They're seeking fiction and poetry. Great source of contest info from all over the world. If they take your stories in their print magazine, they pay up to US$1000. They also offer e-publishing.
Zoetrope Virtual Studio
Francis Ford Coppola's place. They take novellas, short stories, scripts & screenplays. They also have places for artists and actors. Massive number of users, and the possibility of paying publication in their e-zine or printed magazine. Getting published that way is difficult because it requires a consensus among the readers, but you WILL get a lot of advice here.
An Irish workshop for poetry and short stories. You can be accepted into their e-zine as well, which doesn't pay.
I haven't found time to visit this one yet, but sci-fi legend Piers Anthony recommends it. It's for short fiction, you sign no rights away, and you get valuable input. To paraphrase Mr. Anthony, it'll tell you if you've got real talent or if you're only fooling yourself.
Ya'll remind me to visit this one when I finish writing my new novel. I've never been there before, and now I've sold everything.