1. greenarrow

    greenarrow New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by greenarrow, Apr 6, 2010.

    Hey everyone. I guess I'll do a quick intro.
    I went back to school a couple years ago to pursue a comp sci degree. After busting my ass for the last couple years, I've realized that it isn't really for me. I took a few liberal arts courses this year and I'm now seriously considering switching to English or History. I've always had an interest and aptitude for both of these, but never really dared to pursue them because of fear of unemployment/impracticality. I'm also going to attempt to write a few articles for my university newspaper. My hope is that this will give me some insight into journalism, and whether or not to pursue a Masters in Journalism. So this is where this forum comes into play. It's been 10 years since I did first year english at university and my skills are somewhat rusty from lack of use. My hope is that they're are other journalism hopefuls on this forum who might give me some insight into their journeys.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Ollie, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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!
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF; hope you like it here! :p
  4. bahloo

    bahloo New Member

    Dec 10, 2009
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    Canada eh!
    Welcome to the WF! I'm sure if you stick with it, you'll hone your skills and make it happen! All the best!

  5. Sezensteal

    Sezensteal New Member

    Apr 9, 2010
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    Welcome. =)

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