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    Hello All

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by roseberryse, Sep 9, 2009.

    My name is Sara and I am an unpublished, aspiring writer/high school English teacher.
    I am looking forward to reading many pieces of writing here and hope to get some constructive criticism in return!

    Oh, and bear with me and my writing...we're beginners.
     
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    Hello Sara, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    A high school English teacher, eh? We'll expect you to take some of what you learn back to your eager students (even high school has a few eager ones).

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, 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. The Review Room 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 Review Room 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 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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    Hi and welcome from a fellow teacher (middle school science)!
     
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    Ah, it's always great to hear from another who is also in the classroom battlefield.
     
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    LOL Yup, my tour has lasted ten years so far. Are you also logging on from the front line?
     
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    All hail the underpaid warriors against ignorance!
     
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    Thak you Cog!

    In return we hail the unpaid warrior against spam!
     
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    I am not logging on from the front lines. After a recent relocation, I am only subbing...we shall see how that goes
     
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    Subbing? Into the breach! Good luck and welcome again.
     
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    Heddo Sara. Well, I guess I know where to go when I have questions about grammar. I think it's evil. Only because it is always playing tricks on me. :)

    Overall though, one of my best subjects was English and Grammar back in the day. Unfortunately I didn't care much for Science, sorry Rumpole. :p

    I hope you learn a lot here. Feel free to pm me if you want anything you post reviewed. :D
     
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