SRSmith's Workshop: Results

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September 21st, 2008

A word from Writers-Workshop:

This is quite possibly the most active prose workshop we have ever had, considering both the amount of entries and the amount of response each entry received. Well done, everyone!

:star: Special Mention: wonderfulrachel for the critique left on ruffienne's piece, found here.

SRSmith's Comments

Ok, first my apologies for not being able to respond to this faster. I've already mentioned our server issues, and also my being self employed means that my time sometimes is highly available, and other times (usually when I've committed to something that involves a deadline), my work load skyrockets and my free time is spent mostly trying to catch a few hours sleep in order to do more work the next morning.

That said, I did find that the quality of the entries deserved a considerable amount of attention, and it's entirely possible that I've spent as much time critiquing the entries as people have writing them. It was a pleasure to provide what I hope amounts to useful ideas and observations about each of the writers works, and that they can use my thoughts to improve upon what are already very good stories.

For the most part, everyone seemed to grasp the fundamental concept of Flash Fiction, and all but one of the stories fell well within the allowed word limit. I've received responses to about half of the critiques I provided, and all seem to have been able to extract something useful from my comments, which is a good thing. It's too easy to want everyone to tell you how well you've done, but it's only when someone points out where you could do better that you really get the opportunity to improve, so hopefully everyone participated with that in mind.

Of the entries, Chaos Theory and Synchro City were my favourites. Both I think would be good candidates for publication on 365tomorrows after they're edited, and I'd be happy to help shepherd those stories in that direction if the writers are interested. 2 a.m. and It Makes Three both manage to pack a very emotional amount of content in an impossibly short space, and I think are fantastic examples of what can be accomplished in Flash Fiction.

Overall I'm very pleased with the submissions, and hope that people take the time to think about both my critique, and the comments of the other writers and edit their stories, as I think each and every one of them is worth making the effort.

Great work, everyone, both in writing and in making an effort to provide feedback on each others stories. It's that kind of support that really can help a writer, both by encouraging and providing ideas and guidance to each other, and also just in letting people know that you think what they do is worth spending the time reading and commenting on. Knowing someone's on the receiving end sometimes is enough of a motivator when you can't see the point of writing another word. Keep at it, all of you.


Congratulations everyone and thank you for your hard work! Look out for our news article and journal with a workshop on senryu!

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