Lesson One: Description and World Building (June '12)
Lesson Two: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds (July '12)
Lesson Three: Character Development (September '12)
Lesson Four: Writing Under Pressure (October '12)
Lesson Five: Getting Started (November '12)
Lesson Six: Christmas (December '12)
Lesson Seven: Writing Reviews (February '13)
Lesson Eight: Punctuation (March '13)
With another awards season in the books, it's finally time to begin our next big on-going event here at the Workshop!
Again, it is so awesome to see the growth that this place has undergone since I joined more than 3 years ago. The talent level and commitment of the authors we have is truly astounding, and we have clearly (in my eyes) established ourselves as the top collection of authors anywhere in the fandom.
That being said, there is always room for improvement. Whether you are a beginner or a multi-award winner, every writer can improve in one way or another, and thus, our (old) new project...
I'd like to formally invite you all to participate in the WW Writing Academy!
What is the 'Writer's Workshop Writing Academy?'
Well, for those who don't remember back when I had tried (and failed) to start the previous academy, it is basically an opportunity for all authors here to improve through discussion of certain topics pertaining to writing. Back then, it was essentially just me posting threads with advice and excerps from articles I had read.
This time around, the new and improved Writer's Workshop Writing Academy will be a group effort... It will essentially be a discussion-based class that will delve into the different areas of writing in hopes that all of our writers can learn a thing or two about areas in which they are not as strong as others.
@Gastly's Mama; @Caitlin; @LightningTopaz; @AceTrainer14; @Soulmaster and @harryheart will be your friendly neighbourhood "professors" and will lead the lessons and moderate the discussions in order to keep them moving in a beneficial and interesting manner.
It will be up to all you authors to actively participate as well however, as this will be more discussion based amongst us all rather than lecturing by us mods.
Above all, the Writing Academy will be a golden opportunity for us to work together as a community of friends in order to help each other learn and improve... not only as fic authors but as writers in real everyday life!
What Sort of Topics Will Be Covered?
Topics will vary, and suggestions can be made in the form of VM/PM to any of the mods if you have a subject that you feel needs special attention.
Some topics covered will be:
Description and World Building
Creating Deep and Interesting Characters
Grammar and Addressing Common Technical Mistakes
Controlling Pace of Plot
Each month, a new lesson will begin. A month may seem like a long time to spend on one topic, but remember the goal is to really improve ourselves as writers, and that kind of commitment cannot be completed overnight. The month will give everyone ample opportunity to focus on the lesson, have a good, long and meaningful discussion about it, and also will give everyone time to study what theyve learned and hopefully implement it into their own writing.
Okay, Sounds Good, But How Exactly Will the Academy Work?
Like I said, a new lesson will be started every month.
Each lesson will be its own thread in the Writer's Block, and will have the "Academy" prefix for easy identification. An index with links to each lesson thread will be held here for easy reviewing.
One or several of the staff members will start the lesson off with some opening remarks about the topic at hand. As "professors" they will start the conversation/discussion off and then it is up to everyone else to ask questions, offer opinions, provide examples from their own works/other works, give feedback, etc.
Again, while the mods will guide the discussion and act as teachers in a sense to make sure things run in a smooth and helpful direction, the lessons can really only be as good and helpful as we all make them through our participation and discussion.
Remember, our collective goal is to help each other get better as writers. If you are particularly strong in the area being discussed, OFFER YOUR OPINION/EXPERTISE! If you feel you are not strong in that area, ASK QUESTIONS!
Also, we encourage using examples from actual fics/books/articles/etc to support your points and opinions.
Awesome! When Do We Start?
Lesson 1 will be posted in the Writer's Block by tonight or tomorrow night. The discussion can begin immediately.
Again, let me say one more time that I love this place and love all of you. We all share a very special common bond: our passion for writing and Pokemon.
I see you all as my closest friends on Bulbagarden and I think this can be an awesome project!
How cool would it be to really work hard together and not only help each other's fics become better quality, but also to help each other become better writers overall in real life!
Better grades in school! Better grades on papers and real life writing assignments! Who knows? Someday a bunch of you might go on to become professional and famous authors! How cool would it be to look back at your time at the Workshop and remember all the comrodery and friendship we have here?
Now come on! Let's do this!
Feel free to ask general questions about the Academy here. Any topical questions about specific lessons or areas of writing should go in the lesson/discussion threads as they occur.
Legacy and the rest of the WW Staff