Fictionista Workshop is a supportive community of writers, editors, and readers, hoping to assist the online writing community through various projects and programs. Writing can be a lonely process, whether done in private or with others; having a ready pool of other writers and readers available for immediate discussion and feedback when needed can be extraordinarily helpful. For that reason, we developed two different programs, the Writer Collective and the Workshop. The Writer Collective is a small writing group that meets once a week with a moderator and reader to hone the writer’s skills in a non-threatening, intimate environment. The Workshop is an intensive critique of a single manuscript by a group of readers and editors.
The Collective is our cyber version of a coffee shop writing group, offering authors a weekly chance to discuss their manuscript with a small group of other writers over a twelve-week period. This group is intended to provide feedback to both completed and mostly completed manuscripts and acts as a catalyst to help authors finish their manuscripts in a timely manner. Each group is led by an experienced moderator who helps guide discussion and offer resources to the writers in his or her group.
If you are a writer who might benefit from an intimate group discussion and critique of your work, or just need that extra feedback to push you to finish your novel, please read further.
The Collective is our most intimate program, offering writers a small, focused group of fellow authors to help them complete or polish their manuscript.
Here is more specific information about the available workshop roles:
Writers are the central focus of the Collective. They act as both participants and editors/critique partners in their small group. The author’s responsibility is two fold, first to provide their work to the others on a timely basis (again, total word count varies between groups) each week. The author also must offer helpful edits, comments, and critique to the others in their writing group. This is done during a Skype call and is facilitated at all times by an experienced moderator to make sure every one receives beneficial comments. To apply as a writer, please go here:
The moderator manages and directs the Collective group. This role is critical to the success of the group, as the moderator acts as guide, coach, and sometimes referee. The moderator is also responsible to setting up the technical aspects of the Collective. The moderator also provides resources to the writers on an individual basis to help them grow in their writing ability.
Participants are readers, observers, and constructive critics, offering detailed feedback in formats appropriate for the Collective setting, as well as support and encouragement. Participants are added to any group needing additional feedback for any reason and can provide authors with an objective and critical eye when needed.