STILL MESSING WITH THE META I fine-tune the blogroll.
I’ve added a link to the Online Writing Workshop Web page. If you’re not a member, this isn’t of much use to you, since it’s a closed site.
Howsomever … if you are a writer in need of a community of likeminded souls, you could look far and wide and not find a better one.
I’ve also added a link to another online workshop–Critters.
I belong to both and have found each of value. I suspect that, in this day and age, and given the Xtreme Darwinian nature of the sport of writing–particularly in the field of speculative fiction–it may be nigh well impossible for a writer to develop his or her skills to a professionally-publishable level without the aid of a workshop or similar venue.
There are of course live, face-to-face workshops, with intense curricula, which allow rapid growth on the part of an author. Attendance at some would seem a virtual guarantee of publication.
But these online venues permit the neophyte, (or the developing old-timer), to develop at a more relaxed pace, even to work such development into and around an already-full life. Something which I daresay a prospective attendee of, say, Clarion workshops, would find it hard to do.
:: Mark Alger 8:08 PM
The OWW site isn’t entirely closed. There is, for example, a Hall of Fame — a brief precis of some of the accomplishments of alumni. One of the first members listed, and I was unaware of this at the time, although I was a member then, was Jim Butcher. There’s a notice of his first sales of the Dresden Files, which — at least early on — were workshopped at OWW.