Posting Work for Critique
The Writing Workshop is not a place to publish your work on the web, nor is it a critiquing service. The purpose is to learn to give and receive constructive critique, to make you a better writer. You must learn the critiquing mindset in order to effectively receive, evaluate, and apply recommendations. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, learning to give constructive critique will help you to more objectively edit your own work.
It is important to note that the Workshop is meant to critique writing. If you find opinions or statements to which you do not agree or which you do not hold within an item you are looking to critique, it is entirely inappropriate to engage other members in debate on that topic within the Workshop thread. If you find that you cannot critique the item without arguing your opinion on the ideas or statements to be found therein, move on to a different piece. We have a Debate Room specifically set aside for the debating of topics. The Workshop is strictly for the consideration of the quality of writing. Debate style posts within a Workshop thread will be deleted by the staff as non-sequitur and disruptive to the purpose of that area.
The Writing Workshop has strict requirements for participation. We believe that writing constructive reviews is an important part of not only participating in the workshop, but also of developing your writing skills. As such, we require a minimum of two constructive reviews for each piece of writing you post for feedback. We also require you participate in our community by making 20 posts and have been registered for 14 days before you make a thread.
- You must post 2 constructive reviews for each piece of writing you post
We ask that members not try to circumvent the Writing Workshop critique requirements. We also ask that members put effort into the quality of feedback they leave on someone else's writing in the form of a critique.
We used to require a two week waiting period and a twenty post minimum (plus the two critiques) before you could post in the Writing Workshop. We had good reasons, but have recently shifted our philosophy to be more inclusive of new members and to encourage a more active Writing Workshop.
Note: short "reviews" posted in the workshop that are designed to get around our workshop requirements will result in a warning. Multiple attempts may result in a ban.
If you are positive you do, please contact us. Please provide as many details as possible, including your username and the forum you're trying to post in.
Please also [USERGROUP=5]PM one of the moderators[/usergroup] so that they can help you get your thread up and running without further delay.
However, all registered members can. Anyone can register.
In short, it's partially hidden so it's more difficult to find, but it's still visible by anyone who signs up on our forums.
Why Write Reviews?
There are several reasons you should write reviews. Writing reviews increases your constructive analytical skills when evaluating your own work, and can make you a better writer. It can help you build relationships in our community and increases the chance of people reviewing your writing. And, of course, it's a requirement to post in the workshop.
For a more detailed reasons to write reviews before posting your work, read this post.
What is a Constructive Critique?
A constructive review in the workshop isn't merely comment on the writing - it's commentary that gives the author a starting point to improve their writing. Remember, it's a writing workshop.
We encourage all members who wish to participate in the Writing Workshop to read the following thread: What is a Constructive Critique?
Here is a more extensive reviewing FAQ with common questions and issues new reviewers face.
Please note: published works should be reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads, or other commercial sites. WritingForums is for works-in-progress; a venue for writers to help each other.
It won't necessarily stop you from being published, but it could. Anything online is technically published only.
There's an ongoing thread on this topic.
We hide our writing workshop from public view, but this is only a small precaution. We also encourage you to only post a chapter or excerpt of your story.
The Collaboration Forum is a place for members to find alpha/beta readers and to arrange to collaborate on projects. It is not a place to advertise products or services or third-party offerings.
Collaborative projects can include beta reading, critique exchanges, co writing and other writing-related projects. Most projects have a thread prefix that can be selected when a thread is created to indicate the type of collaboration request.
The collaboration forum is the result of many requests for an area to find beta readers, and other opportunities to work together that go beyond the scope of the workshop.
The collaboration forum is not a place to offer products, services, advertisements, or third-party services. Posting these types of listings may result in a warning or a ban. Payment should neither be offered or requested
I Can't Post in the Collaboration Forum. Who Can Post Collaboration Requests?
Only members who've been members for 14 days and made 20 posts may participate in the Collaboration Forum. Note: If you are asking for alpha/beta readers, you must also have fulfilled your initial Workshop requirements (at least two critiques) and you must keep your 2:1 critique ratio up to date.