Summer series registration is open!
It’s finally here – the best little writing workshop on the ‘net will open for registration on Tuesday!
Are you looking for a little help on a piece? Do you want to run it by a few pairs of eyes before diving back in to edit? Do you want to give and receive casual — but constructive — criticism? Then the bronze level lounge is for you.
- Post your work-in-progress to our peer-to-peer critique forum and ask for your fellow yeah writers to give it a review
- Find a writing partner
- Start your own workshopping group
- The bronze level lounge is laid-back, free and open to all yeah write subscribers
Do you want something a little more focused and intense? You might consider the silver level lounge, limited to five or six people in each group, which will be facilitated by a yeah write editor
- Attend small group online weekly writing workshops
- Sign up for one week or more, and come with your A-game
- Dig a little deeper into your writing
- Receive valuable feedback that will help you bump your writing up a notch
Silver level costs $25 per week – that’s less than a latte a day, and who needs caffeine when you’ve got this kind of support?
Have a piece that you want some in-depth help with? Struggling with a post or story that just isn’t working or that you’d like to polish up for submission to a publisher? Editors Suzanne and Natalie are hanging out in the gold level lounge, where they will work with writers one-on-one. They will give you specific feedback on your piece, suggest areas where you could make improvements, help you make revisions, and provide you with a detailed written evaluation of your piece at the end of the week. Gold level costs $50 per week, but we promise you won’t find two more thoughtful editors anywhere across the blogosphere. They are that special.
Online registration is now open in the brand-spanking-new yeah write gift shop. Register for any of our workshops there — bronze, silver or gold, whichever week (or weeks!) you choose. While you’re at it, you could consider becoming a yeah write supporting subscriber. Not only will this get you a discount on the summer series workshops, there are a whole slew of other perks. Plus, you’ll be helping keep the lights on here at your favorite home away from home.
Registration opens Tuesday.
Challenge winners round-up
In case you missed them, here’s a summary of all the #166 winners. Take a few minutes to check out the best of all the grids right here.
- Editor picks: Adele Joyce at Writings and Thoughts for Feeling Statements, Carolyn at Karolina Anastasiya for Black Coffee, Cynthia K at That Cynking Feeling for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Cynthia Kim at Musings of an Aspie for The Logical Fallacy of Person First Language, and Tim at iwritetheblogggs for A Common Story of the Ziegfeld Follies
- Jury prize: Tim for A Common Story of the Ziegfeld Follies
- Crowd favorite: Michelle L at The Michelle Longo for It’s Best Not to Wonder
- Top row: Michelle plus Erica M at free fringes for On the Other Hand, Tim T, and Natalie D at The Cat Lady Sings for The Long Walk Back
- Comment Bob: CC of conscious cacophony and April at Love, Life & Caffeine
- Crowd favorites: #1 Suzanne at Apopleptic Apostrophes for A Prolonged Breath; #2 Janna at JannaTWrites for Eye Contact; #3 Silverleaf at The Silverleaf Journal for My Eyes Have Seen You; #4 Brian at Pinionpost for Impossibilities
- Editors’ pick: Silverleaf at The Silverleaf Journal for My Eyes Have Seen You
- Crowd favorite: Christi at EditMoi for Plotting
- Editors’ pick: Kymm at Better Lies for One Heart Breaking
- Top row seven: Christi plus Meg at Pigspittle, Ohio for Busted; Jo-Anne atGoing for Coffee for Farewell Uncle Bill, I Knew You; Mike at mjshorts for Grandma’s Funeral; Suzanneat Apoplectic Apostrophes for Lurking; Michelle at The Michelle Longo for Estate Sale; and Silverleafat Silverleaf Journal for In the Emptiness.
- Hitchhiker’s prize: My White Picket Life for The Sound of Silence
Congratulations to all! Don’t forget: the moonshine grid is still open. Have something to add? Old posts and new are welcome. Go add yours, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.
The ultimate question
This week’s question is brought to you by that sleazy guy at the table in the corner:
What’s your sign?
You’ll note that we didn’t start the question with, “Hey baby.” Do us a favor: don’t go with the obvious here. You are all smart, creative people – you don’t need to fall back on cliches to build a great story. Remember that you don’t need to include the question in your response. Give us your answer in 42 words. Here are a couple of guidelines:
- Do not mention anywhere in your post, either as intro or footnote, that you are writing to a prompt.
- We want the story the furthest away in your imagination from the original prompt. Let your imagination loose.
- Keep your writing style! Do you tell stories with humor? Prose? Verse? Photos? Illustrations? Keep doing that.
- Proofread. Just because it’s short doesn’t mean you can cut corners.
Make sure your answer stands alone. What do we mean? Write down the question. Write down your response. Now cover the question with your hand and read your answer out loud. Does it still make sense when you don’t know the question? That’s what we’re looking for.
The grid opens at midnight on Monday (that’s one minute after 11:59 PM on Sunday) and closes at midnight on Tuesday (that’s one minute after 11:59 PM on Monday). Yes, we give you only 24 hours to post, so you’d better get writing now! Come back to vote on Tuesday, and we’ll announce winners on Wednesday. Don’t forget to badge your post – the current gargleblaster badge is below.
There’s a lot going on around here lately. To make it simple, we’ll lay out the multi-grid schedule here:
- Sunday midnight: the gargleblaster prompt is announced in the kickoff post, and the speakeasy prompt is announced over at the speakeasy.
- Monday midnight: the gargleblaster grid opens for submissions.
- Tuesday midnight: the gargleblaster grid closes, and voting begins. The challenge grid and the speakeasy grid open for submissions. 10:00 PM: gargleblaster voting closes.
- Wednesday by noon: the gargleblaster winners are announced.
- Thursday midnight: the challenge grid and speakeasy grids close, and voting begins.10:00 PM: voting for both grids closes.
- Friday by noon: the challenge grid and speakeasy winners are announced, and the moonshine grid opens.
- Saturday and Sunday: moonshine grid is still open, writing, editing and rewriting happening for upcoming week!
Get your badges!
Below you’ll find the badges for yeah write challenge #166 and this week’s gargleblaster. Copy the code under the appropriate badge and paste it into the html or text view of your blog editor. Having trouble? Contact email@example.com for tech support.
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