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#1 of 21 Old 04-15-2006, 10:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is an informal poll. I'm not posting in 'poll ' format bc I'm more interested in the feedback.

What subjects would you like to see come up in writing workshops?

Do you even like the 'workshops'?

What do you think about the fact that only the moderator can start new threads, does this make you feel unwelcomed?

Please elaborate on why, or why you do or don't feel welcome or 'at home' here.

Please be brutally honest, we are only trying to make this a forum that you really want to visit


I thank you in advance for your answers. If you have something to say that you want to do privately, send me a PM. (I'm toughskinned so don't worry about offending me)

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I'm new to this forum, so forgive my ignorance. I would like to get into writing again though...but I've been hesitant to join in here. Here are my well-intentioned although probably wholly unhelpful observations:

I'm a little confused about how everything works, even though I've read the stickies, etc.

Regarding writing workshops - it might be nice to explore our childhoods, life experiences (work, school, first date, first love), etc. I guess I feel like if I would like to write about my birth stuff, there are many forums to do this in? It would also be nice to have more complex creative-writing-type prompts, like those in the book "What If..." Awesome, awesome book, if I could just make myself do the dang exercises.

It would be fun to have more group exercises. For example, I like the "games" subforum of TAO because it is an opportunity to do group writing (of a sort) and is relatively nonjudgemental.

I don't mind if it's moderator-only for a while as I understand it to be during the workshops...but it would be nice to choose either to participate in the workshop or have another way to participate (games, other exercises, or ability to post new works).

It would be nice if it were explicit that many genres and topics are welcome, not just those that explore pleasant feelings of parenting. May I post my seven-part series on the dark overlord and his evil plans for meddlesome humans, using the demonic medium of Entertainment Tonight? I'm totally kidding. Unless anyone wants to offer a contract, then I will write it.
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Thanks for this post!

I thought this forum was closed to new members (new to this part of MDC that is, obviously I'm not new to MDC ) because of that rule. So I checked it out here once a while back, found that rule and others confusing and unwelcoming, and left a little sadly.

Thanks for asking.

Can people PM or email you a topic they want started?

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FSM, Thanks, I'll take that into consideration and make the stickies more concise, also you can post '*almost* anything in the WIP or the "rebels" thread.

Momtwice, ((((hugs)))) you are welcome here, so is everyone. You can definately PM me with anything (like I said, I'm thickskinned)

Anyone else??

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I like the workshops b/c they give me an "assignment" without having to write in a specific form or on a specific topic. I like the key words format, b/c I can take it or leave it. Since I prefer (online at least) to write emotive prose/poetry, the experiential stuff works great. I like the vaguely (not specifically) mothering topics, b/c I think its hard to get specific motherhood experiences that we have all had, etc.

Ummm

As for the moderator only threads thing... I guess it makes sense, b/c if we all started our own threads for stuff, we'd cycle through them pretty quick, I think. On the other hand, its pretty hard to get the "attention" we want for our work when we do stuff like that.

Maybe we could put our names in a hat (so to speak) and have like three or so people a week submit a work or two the week before. Then we can all concentrate on those works and, when its our turn, we get the focus that I think many of us prefer.


Hmmm, I think that covers it for me...

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This is an informal poll. I'm not posting in 'poll ' format bc I'm more interested in the feedback.

What subjects would you like to see come up in writing workshops? Non-parenting topics, maybe travel?

Do you even like the 'workshops'? I have not participated because the topics don't spark my interest

What do you think about the fact that only the moderator can start new threads, does this make you feel unwelcomed? I think it is pretty limiting, especially for those who don't do the workshops but are still writers and want to talk writing with other mamas

Please elaborate on why, or why you do or don't feel welcome or 'at home' here. I write for a living -- and there are so many challenges to being a full time mama and trying to write for clients and meet deadlines and do your best work. But I don't feel like that fits in here -- and it SHOULD. It seems most of the talk here is for mamas who solely write for the joy of it. It would be nice for professional writer mamas get a chance to chat and share challenges. Also different genres -- for example I write TV scripts. Not that anyone would want to READ those (they are dull and technical on paper) but it is still a mode of writing.

Please be brutally honest, we are only trying to make this a forum that you really want to visit


I thank you in advance for your answers. If you have something to say that you want to do privately, send me a PM. (I'm toughskinned so don't worry about offending me)

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I'm another one who hasn't participated because the 'moderator only' threads just seemed so unwelcoming. If I wanted to start a thread asking for feedback, that wouldn't happen, but my post may get buried in a thread where everyone else posts the same question. I'd really like the ability for all users to be able to start threads just like in any other forum. Or maybe a subforum called "galleries" or something, where people can start threads with their own work in it...

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I guess I misunderstood - so people can't EVER start a new thread on here, not just during the workshop time? Yeah, I would definitely prefer to see others' work and the ability to respond via them starting their own thread. I don't think I would ever participate - I guess I was just waiting for the workshop to get over. I did look at the rebels thread, but the prompts/lack thereof didn't do much for me.

boatbaby, I'd love to see your scripts! How cool! Even the synopsis...or finding out how your day goes, writing with a baby (now there's a topic). I think maybe some of us do write for fun, but I'd rather write for pay. Not that I've tried, mind you.

I like the PP's suggestion of rotating a "work of the week" or spotlight (in addition to being able to start our own posts)...and I would LOOOOVE a travel writing workshop. It would be nice to get very good, critical feedback on a piece.
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Thanks for your input We are trying to finetune things around here and I wouldn't want anyone to feel 'buried' or 'unwelcome' Keep suggestions coming It'll all be worked out in the end. Please keep visiting.

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"What subjects would you like to see come up in writing workshops?

I think with a workshop idea, you have to have something that fits together to make a whole, or a theme.... so it could be a short story, where chapters are written each week.... it could be a focus on poetry for six weeks. I don't think the topic matters as much, but in this particular case, I just didn't care for the topic b/c it was basically a rehash of the last workshop.


Do you even like the 'workshops'?

I like the concept... my biggest issue is the time. :-)

What do you think about the fact that only the moderator can start new threads, does this make you feel unwelcomed?


In other boards, one of the biggest benefits, is when someone posts a thread.... that gets people thinking. Some threads peter out, but others... are new ideas. When you have people posting, you don't have one person coming up with topics.... it becomes a group/collaborative effort. Not that I don't enjoy the topics ya post, but I think what happens is when you have only one person directing, it can hamper creativity for the entire group. It would happen this way I think no matter who was 'directing' the group. Make sense? Everyone has their own expertise and ideas... so maybe someone on here is a master haiku writer... and a person's post on that inspires other people to look at a genre like they never have before. That can't happen now.

In addition, is it bad that some thread got pushed down, if the traffic increased? Threads that really do generate thought and creativity will automatically be pushed to the top, and other topics are still available to read....things like feedback threads, are stickying....

Anyway, I guess I can't think of any 'good' reasons for not trying it.

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Actually, what is the reasoning for why the board is locked to new
threads... maybe that is the better question for me to be asking.


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Thanks Tammy and everyone, I'm putting this issue up for administrative review. I'll get back with you ITM please continue to post with ideas *smile*

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Thanks Tammy and everyone, I'm putting this issue up for administrative review. I'll get back with you ITM please continue to post with ideas *smile*
Any update?


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Yes, It looks like there will be a subforum for the workshops where only the leader can start new threads, and the MWG will be open to new threads I'm not sure when this will happen, but it will most likely be soon.

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Been busy so I haven't been writing much.
I don't mind not being able to start threads. Although rather than just a work in progress thread if you could subdivide it. Say fiction, poetry and non-fiction??

Also I like the games ideas. Something simple that gets you writing without taking a lot of time because lets face it most of us put our writing on the back burner to children, work, househould chores... I have a few ideas for games that I could pm you if you are interested

I like trying new styles, esspecially poetry. So maybe different poetry styles for topic starters.

That's my two cents.
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My first issue is a personalone, too many activities, not enough free time. I'm writing a novel and sometimes feel like I'm 'fooling around' when I come here.

I love the workshops, but my babies are not babies and I dont' really write about motherhood, or my kids too much. Ok, not true, I DO write about both the above, but for a workshop, I'd rather do something different.



For instance, my dd just had a school assignment. Make believe you are a piece of luggage. Describe yourself. Are you a back pack or a suitcase, fancy or plain? What is hanging or stuck on you? What's IN you. Make sure each item describes somethign about who you are.

I liked that idea! You could write as a mother or a small child or anyone! Sort of open-ended. I wanted to post it for anyone who wanted to play, but there really wasn't anywhere to go with it, so I guess being able to start new threads will be a plus!

Keep plugging! Keep writing! I read this forum more often than I write to it.
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For instance, my dd just had a school assignment. Make believe you are a piece of luggage. Describe yourself. Are you a back pack or a suitcase, fancy or plain? What is hanging or stuck on you? What's IN you. Make sure each item describes somethign about who you are.

I liked that idea! You could write as a mother or a small child or anyone! Sort of open-ended. I wanted to post it for anyone who wanted to play, but there really wasn't anywhere to go with it, so I guess being able to start new threads will be a plus!
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I would TOTALLY be into that. The writing exercise, that is, not actually being a piece of luggage. Although after a day like today...
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I'm not a mother, but I do sometimes write. I don't know if calling it "Writers Group" would invite in dads and non-moms?
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Dads and non-moms are very welcome. I don't understand why calling it a 'writers group' would make it seen limited to only mothers. Could you mean 'Mothers Writing Group'?

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Dads and non-moms are very welcome. I don't understand why calling it a 'writers group' would make it seen limited to only mothers. Could you mean 'Mothers Writing Group'?
I meant that by having the name of the forum be "Mothers W. G." it seems limited to only mothers. calling it "Writers Group" would make it seem more open. I used a wishy-washy question when I should have just said that.
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Thanks, I'll put the suggestion out there and see what can be done. For now there is open posting. You can start threads now

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