I’ve officially started the group up! Everyone who originally responded, please check your email for an invitation to the group (I put it on Google as a closed group). If you signed up and didn’t get an email, let me know so I can resend the invitation.
I’ve also posted the first “Homework” and some ground rules. I’ll post the schedule/calendar soon and also create a discussion thread for it so you can request months.
UPDATE: For all the pending ones, it won’t let me resend the invite. Grrrr. So, if you haven’t rec’d your invite and you can’t find it in your spam or bulk mail folder, try clicking the Visit This Group link and see if you can sign in that way.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for the writing camp! I’ll post more information soon. I need to get a site set up on either Google or in Yahoo Groups so that we can post things in a secure location and send our critiques and what not back and forth. I figured we can get started in June (honestly, I have no time until then — going to finish the book this week!!).
If you signed up and would like to volunteer to be the first guinea pig, send me an email and let me know! It can be either the first chapter of something you’ve been working on or a short story. Or, heck, everyone who signed up email me and let me know your preference for the coming months and I’ll put a schedule together. Remember, it’s one person a month.
Would anyone be interested in joining an online writing camp? Primarily teens, but I think I would also accept up to 2 adults. This would be for short stories or novels only — no poetry (not because I don’t like poetry, but because even though I write poetry periodically, I don’t feel like I’m good enough at it to help other people with it). I think we’d need at least 5 or more likely 10 people to make it worthwhile to do.
What I’m picturing is that each month will be focused on one person. They will send out/post a chapter or a short story and everyone will read it and comment (including me). The place would be some kind of secure forum or perhaps a Yahoo Group so that your work won’t be out in the public domain and only members could see it and comment on it. If we want to or find it necessary, we could also have a monthly chat to talk about it, though I think a Yahoo Groups type of thing might be sufficient.
Members would have to (of course) abide by certain rules, most of them just common sense and the type of stuff pretty much any critique group would follow (no stealing each other’s stuff, no posting each other’s work elsewhere, no personal attacks, no flame wars, etc.). Members should also keep in mind that you *will* receive constructive criticism (something you definitely need to be able to take as a writer). *Destructive* criticism will not be allowed.
Anyway, if you are interested, comment here or email me. If I don’t get enough people interested, then I won’t worry about it. I thought this might be something fun and I get so many questions about writing I thought it would also be useful. The camp would probably start up in June since I’m going to be busy writing until then.
UPDATE: I’m going to leave “registration” open until May 9th and we’ll see where we are then with the number of people who are interested and find a home for it (I’m still thinking a closed Yahoo Group, but if anyone else has any ideas, let me know!)