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  1. The Cuckoo's Nest

    The Cuckoo's Nest Active Member

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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by The Cuckoo's Nest, Dec 13, 2014.

    I just joined the forum last night, so I thought it appropriate that I introduce myself, and get acquainted with some of the etiquette of the forum. This is an ancient cliche, but so what; the truth can't always be something unique--I've always had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember, and I have a decent collection of short stories, poems, essays, editorials, and other half-written oddities, but almost none have been beyond my own eyes. Over time, I've become more curious to see if any of it might be considered worthy of some sort of renown of any level. In the past year, I've had one poem and one short story published in minor online journals, but the vast majority are ignored, which is not to complain. What I don't have are people to offer any constructive criticism, so I was hoping people here may be willing to have a lot then and now, tit-for-tat. I've been through the college writing workshops, so I'm not unused to negative reinforcement.

    Other things, I'm a high school English/ESL/Literature teacher with a focus on special education. I'm familiar with classic writings from all eras and genres. I've had my share of tough luck wrestling cancer for the better part of 20 years, which is where I get most of my inspiration. I don't write many happy stories, but that's not to say I'm not happy.

    I'd appreciate any advice on how to get started here, besides introducing myself. Would it be more proper to critique first before requesting thoughts on my own writing, or is it okay to just jump right in sharing my writing while reading that of other members?
     
  2. Okon

    Okon Contributing Member Contributor

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    Ack! Read this before ye act: using the writing workshop'

    From the above link:
    Anyway, welcome to the forum. It sounds like you have interesting stories and perspectives. And you'll have those requirements beat before no time:).
     
  3. The Cuckoo's Nest

    The Cuckoo's Nest Active Member

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    Thank you for the info.
     
  4. Shamgar81

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    welcome to the family cuckoo :)
     
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  5. KaTrian

    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum!

    @Okon kindly shared the information about the workshop requirements already, but here's also the link to our New Member Guide. There's a bit more about the ins and outs of this forum. :)

    Good to have another English teacher here, as well. :D

    -Kat
     
  6. The Cuckoo's Nest

    The Cuckoo's Nest Active Member

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    Yes, I did finally see that and read through it. Thanks.

    I like the way this forum is set up. Now I only need to find some time to participate in it.
     
  7. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome.
     
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