First of all, thanks to all of you for making this place truly awesome.
We've been discussing the return of the Bulbagarden Writing Academy in the coming weeks.
For those of you who don't know, the Academy was a project that was started a year or two ago. It was basically my attempt at a group thread that would help authors sharpen their skills and improve. Unfortunately, it sort of fizzled out because of my schedule.
This project is something that we want to really want to revisit and establish as a fixture here in the Workshop, a group effort to help each other improve as writers.
We think it's important because not only will this project help improve authors with the quality of their fics, but also, it could even help us all become better writers in our real lives (school, real world writing, etc.), which is something that is really cool when you think about it.
Now, don't take this to mean we think the quality of work we see from everyone here isn't excellent. Far from it. Again, there is no forum in the fandom that has a better collection of authors than we have. Period.
But even elite level authors can improve in some ways, and that's where the Academy comes in. Instead of one person running this project as was the case before, we are proposing that all of us work together to make this project great. We think a discussion based lesson plan is the best way to do this. After all, thoughtful discussion is a superior way of learning as opposed to lecturing.
What we want is for you to think about yourself as a writer and post what you think we should include as lessons in our academy.
What areas of writing do you feel you and/or others could improve upon? Is it learning good ways to start a fic? Is it character depth?
Please list any ideas you have for lessons and we can get this project underway soon.
And again, thanks for making this place great. Let's all work hard to make it even better!
Thanks, and sorry for the tl;dr.
Love you all.