The Alternative Writing Workshop

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Welcome, friend, to the Alternative Writing Workshop. This is the review forum for writing which is experimental, creative, opinionated, in first person or which falls outside the Writing Guidelines for the Approved Guide in some other way. The Alternative Writing Workshop is a great place to submit entries for fellow researchers to read and comment on. If you're used to Peer Review, then you may find the Alternative Writing Workshop hauntingly familiar, and yet refreshingly new in strange and wonderful ways. We like to think of ourselves as 'yang' to Peer Review's 'yin'... or is it the other way around?

Why the Alternative Writing Workshop?

Simply submitting your entry to the Alternative Writing Workshop will bring it to a wider audience than leaving it for people to stumble upon with the search engine. The Alternative Writing Workshop is also frequented by researchers on the lookout for entries to feature in the various alternative sections of H2G2 including:

  • The Post - The Post has a major presence in the workshops. The Post's editors use the Alternative Writing Workshop as a rich resource bank of material and may select anything that appeals to them.

  • The Showcase -The Showcase is our new venue for Entries that are of the topmost quality. Those with a 'Wow Factor', they will have to be the finest grade, high-flying Entries. The sort of writing that you would recommend a friend to read. If you're an author who is aiming for a wide readership and a permanent place in the Guide, then this is the venue for your writing.

By submitting your Entry here you will be reviewed and supported by a wide range of interested people. You may receive comments that will help you to improve the overall standard and effect of your piece.

How to Comment in the Alternative Writing Workshop

The first step for commenting on AWW entries is to read them. This can be entertaining in a number of ways, and entries in the AWW are diverse and have many genres. Click on the title or the A-number in the list at the bottom of this entry and read on!

Once you've read the entry, don't click the 'Discuss this entry' link at the foot of the Entry, instead, click the 'Currently in the Alternative Writing Workshop' link on the right-hand side of the Entry - this will take you to the review thread. You can add your comments there, as with any other conversation on h2g2, by clicking 'Reply' to any of the existing postings and typing your comment in the box.

Notes on Commenting

Before you comment on an entry in the Alternative Writing Workshop, consider the following points:

  • Is it the author's first entry? (You can check their personal space to find out). If so, introduce them to the forum and be as gentle in your comments as you can.
  • Be polite - Nettiquette is an important part of h2g2, and creative writing is a sensitive thing, so tread carefully, you may be treading on the author's dreams.
  • If you like the entry - say so! Everyone likes compliments.
  • Feel free to be comment on your emotional response - this is creative writing, and the ultimate test of a piece of creative writing is the emotions it evokes in the reader.
  • Try to understand the author's intent in writing the entry. Some entries will be documentary or expository, others will be more poetic and free-form and may intentionally include non-standard usage. Clarity is important however. If an entry isn't clear to you, say so.
  • Don't be afraid to challenge an author to improve their work, but please temper any criticisms with respect for the author as a creator, and as the final decision-maker about the entry.
  • Don't just say that an entry is bad! If you don't like it, try to make your criticism specific and constructive. Not everyone is confident about grammar and spelling, so don't be a technical bully.
  • Try not to worry too much about typos or spelling mistakes - if the entry is picked, there will be procedures for dealing with that sort of thing. Concentrate on the content of the entry itself.
  • Read the entire thread. Your point may already have been made and responded to, and conversations in the AWW can be lively and interesting in their own right.
  • Stay subscribed to the thread; once you've commented, keep an eye on what others are saying. It may be the start of an interesting conversation.
  • If an entry is picked for inclusion in the Post or the Showcase, congratulate the author!

How to Submit an Entry to the Alternative Writing Workshop

To put an entry into the Alternative Writing Workshop, simply click on the 'Submit for Review' button on the entry itself, and follow the instructions, choosing the 'Alternative Writing Workshop' from the drop-down menu.

For a detailed explanation of the system of Review Forums, please read the Review Forums FAQ.

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Entries in Review

Subject Author Date Entered Last Posted
A87911643 - Life, don't talk to me about life... Paigetheoracle Jun 5, 2018 Jun 5, 2018
A87911625 - Prisoner Fallout Paigetheoracle Jun 5, 2018 Jun 19, 2018
A87911616 - Systemic Universe / 2 Worlds Exchange Paigetheoracle Jun 5, 2018 Jun 19, 2018
A87911607 - Having a Wales of a time Paigetheoracle Jun 5, 2018 Jun 23, 2018
A87898711 - ITIWBS NaJoPoMo 2017 ITIWBS Nov 8, 2017 Nov 8, 2017
A83594 - Sand Bluebottle Feb 28, 2017 Mar 1, 2017
A87876157 - A Train Crash Approach to Writing Stories minorvogonpoet Aug 9, 2016 Aug 9, 2016
A87874302 - Floods in France minorvogonpoet Jun 20, 2016 Jun 21, 2016
A87870568 - George Still_WRD Apr 9, 2016 Apr 9, 2016
A87866914 - A Remarkable Encounter minorvogonpoet Feb 2, 2016 Feb 2, 2016
A87859732 - I've Published my Novel minorvogonpoet Sep 10, 2015 Sep 10, 2015
A87857987 - The Igloo minorvogonpoet Aug 4, 2015 Aug 4, 2015
A87855268 - Who’s for dinner? SashaQ - happysad Jun 11, 2015 Jun 11, 2015
A87853288 - The Windmill and the Pole Lathe minorvogonpoet May 4, 2015 May 4, 2015
A87849445 - Death Comes to Ressonhurst Manor minorvogonpoet Feb 28, 2015 Mar 1, 2015
A87848987 - The Immigrants minorvogonpoet Feb 20, 2015 Feb 20, 2015
A87845854 - The arms you feel are mine. benmayla Dec 27, 2014 Dec 27, 2014
A87845827 - In the sky benmayla Dec 27, 2014 Dec 27, 2014
A87845818 - Let there be rain benmayla Dec 27, 2014 Dec 27, 2014
A87845836 - She will always be the boss. benmayla Dec 27, 2014 Dec 27, 2014

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