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    Greetings All

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Archadies, Sep 4, 2011.

    Hey all. My name is Jann and I'm new here. This is the first writing forum I have ever joined even though I have been writing since I was in highschool. I am 35 years of age and I am a college student. Before the summer started I was majoring in Game Art Design and seeking a bachelors degree. However now I am researching schools to seek a bachelors in creative writing. I am currently published but only in no more than four or five poetry anthologies. I wish to refine my skills through college so that I may have a better chance of seeing my name in print on shelves next to my favorite authors. Unfortunately I need cataracts removed from both of my eyes so I can not start college immediately, but that gives me time to find a good school which is in high standing among the writing community, but it has to be online for I am unwilling and unable to travel at this time due to very low funds. If anyone knows of a few good creative writing schools, please feel free to PM me anytime with contact info and web addresses. With that said, I would just like to say that I look forward to meeting as many of you here as possible and hope to establish more than a few long lasting friendships. I am open to critique and to be critiqued and even for collaboration on certain projects or even a brain storming session. Also, keep an eye out for any blogs writen by me or the addition of a web link to something called "The Farley Foundation" which I and my fiancee are putting together to help patients and the families of patients diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Look forward to meeting you all. Take care.
     
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    Welcome!!

    The main thing to remember is that if you want to post your work for critique in the review room, you have to make at least two constructive reviews on other people's work.

    Nice to have you here!
     
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    Hi, Jann. This is a friendly place where writers really interact with one another. Mallory's point would be very helpful to you just like it has been to me. Taking interest in the works of others would draw their attention to yours.

    All the same, there is a welcome wagon coming your way. It's fully of chips and drink. Hope to see you around.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Jann, it's great to have you. You have an inspiring story, and I wish all the best for you.

    This is a great resource for aspiring authors, though I must congratulate you on your success so far.

    To assits you, I'd recommend reading the forum rules, just so things are clear as you're getting used to the site.

    Other than that, enjoy your stay, and I look forward to seeing you around the place :)

    DB.
     
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    Hi and welcome
     
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    Hello Jann, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Writing Workshop, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Writing Workshop forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     

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