Thanks for dropping by the official web site of Writing to Publish, formerly the eWorld Fiction Writers group.
Our writer's critique group was founded in 1994 on eWorld (the former online service of Apple Computer) by the Editors of Writers Digest magazine, as a part of their forum therein. Unfortunately, as you may know, eWorld vanished from cyberspace. But our work continues! We've built real friendships, and our group is still growing, together with AOL and the folks at their Writing & Publishing forum.
All of us have found this group to be helpful in improving our work. We have several members who are already "pros," having been published in one venue or another. Here, we seek to improve our fiction-writing skills. We've worked with many genres, from children's tales, to short stories, to chapters of full novels ranging from Romance to Science Fiction.
We follow the basic ground rules instituted by Writer's Digest. All are welcome to participate, especially aspiring writers. In order to become a full member, one is expected to express their sincere interest to the group leader, and to attend a couple of our Monday live chat sessions. After two weeks, if you find our work to be of interest, you may then begin to participate by making critiques of your own.
Prospective members are expected to submit at least two of these critiques, working through the group leader. The leader will email you the pieces, and receive your critiques by email. Thus, it takes one month, or four active visits, to become a group member.
Here's how the group works: Members take turns submitting portions of their work to the group, by email. The members then read it and send back (also to everyone) their written critiques. These can -and do- cover grammar, style, dialogue, plotting, characterization, world-building, and much more. Often the author will respond, and several rounds of email discussion follow. We discuss the submission and critiques further during the Monday conference. We're polite, but honest.
Later, it will be your turn to submit your own work. This is always a bit scary, but we've all taken the plunge. My own work has improved greatly thanks to my previous sessions with the group. As a group we maintain strict standards of respect for each member's unique work and copyrights.
Our regular meetings are on AOL in the Writer's Den chat room every Monday at 7 PM Pacific Time (10 PM Eastern). To reach us sign on to America Online. Then go to Keyword: WRITERS, click on: Chat With Pros, then on our link. The session's Greeter will be available to answer any questions via Instant Message.
Thanks again for your interest. We're an eclectic bunch, and we welcome new members. After you visit us two times, you will receive a more detailed New Members Packet.
Sincerely, Paul Carlson
AOL nom de plume: Host WPLC Sushi WritingToPublish@aol.com