Resources for the Thrifty Writer

Workshops are a great resource for amateur and professional writers alike. They are a place to test first drafts and refine sixth and seventh revisions. However, not everyone has the time or the resources to attend workshops. Most workshops have at least a nominal fee, and some can range to the thousands.

A new trend has been emerging on the internet to rectify this problem: online workshop forums. Websites like connect amateur and professional writers from around the world who read and review each others’ portfolios. This particular website allows each writer to post 10 items to his or her portfolio, provides a customized domain and even an email address–all for free.

For those who prefer to have a more intimate workshop experience, perhaps with writers they know personally, is another alternative. On this site, anyone can create a forum on any topic and regulate forum membership. Writers have used this online tool to create workshop forums, like this one created by an ASU Creative Writing student, which are free to all users and easy to navigate.

For writers who lack spare time and extra cash, online workshop forums are an accessible way to get feedback on their work.

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5 thoughts on “Resources for the Thrifty Writer

  • March 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Wow. Thanks for the information. As a student, a poor student, I don’t have the time and can’t afford to attend workshops that require a fee and are usually out-of-state. I think these online workshops can work for undergrads and other writers like me. I do agree that sometimes writers would like to have a more personal and intimate experience in workshops and you find a solution to resolving the issue of online workshops lacking such experience. Nice. I will consider Thank you.

  • March 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

    What a great resource this type of article is to students and the writing community. Online learning is really coming around!

  • April 1, 2009 at 11:55 am

    These are all such great ideas, especially for those graduating soon and who don’t have a class to workshop it. Very helpful, thanks!

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