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Spring 2013 Topic Suggestion Thread

29 Mar 2013 02:29 #30897 by shadar
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I agree... anyone who donates their time and talents to help keep the stories flowing and properly archived and available is a hero in my book.

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argonaut wrote: I chose the "family" theme because I thought it was a good one -- specific enough to give the workshop some focus, broad enough to allow lots of variety.

Anon and njae have the same right to suggst workshop themes (and critique the suggestions of others) as any other member.

They deserve our thanks for all their work on behalf of the Library and the site in general.

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29 Mar 2013 13:05 #30899 by lfan
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Is this gonna be the collaborative workshop?

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29 Mar 2013 13:44 #30900 by njae
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lfan wrote: Is this gonna be the collaborative workshop?


Actually this is supposed to be a normal workshop to keep up the naming scheme of the workshops (Spring and Fall are normal, Summer and Winter are short story workshops). The idea for the collaborative workshop was to run parallel to the other ones, compensating for any schedule conflicts by being longer and themeless.

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29 Mar 2013 18:04 #30903 by Woodclaw
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njae wrote:

lfan wrote: Is this gonna be the collaborative workshop?


Actually this is supposed to be a normal workshop to keep up the naming scheme of the workshops (Spring and Fall are normal, Summer and Winter are short story workshops). The idea for the collaborative workshop was to run parallel to the other ones, compensating for any schedule conflicts by being longer and themeless.


On the other hand, it's entirely possible for two authors to collaborate in a normal workshop.

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12 Apr 2013 17:07 #31092 by smoki07
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Can Somebody tell me what is a "workshop", please?

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12 Apr 2013 17:27 #31093 by Woodclaw
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smoki07 wrote: Can Somebody tell me what is a "workshop", please?


A workshop is something between a friendly competition and a writing assignment.
All the participants write a story around a chosen theme (and in some cases within a certain length) within a given deadline. After the deadline, the stories are published on the site and a poll is run for a couple of weeks, to decide who wrote the better story.
Usually the winner can choose the theme for the next workshop.
You can find plenty of examples in the Library Menu, just take a look at the categories filed under SWM Workshops and SGInc Workshops.

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13 Apr 2013 13:34 #31095 by smoki07
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Ok now I get it but why are there two kinds of workshop (SWM and SGinc)?

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13 Apr 2013 13:44 #31096 by njae
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smoki07 wrote: Ok now I get it but why are there two kinds of workshop (SWM and SGinc)?


The workshops were originally started on the old SGinc site that went offline somewhen in 2004/2005. SWM is the successor to that site and continued the workshops under the SGinc name until the new version of SWM was released in 2011. From then on the workshops took the SWM Name and used a different naming scheme. On SGinc there were normal workshops (1.X), shortstory workshops (2.X) and one collaborative workshop (3.1) where the X marks the number of the workshop. The SWM Workshop are named by season and year, whereas Summer and Winter are shortstory and Spring and Fall are normal workshops. This means that the Spring 2013 workshop that will officially start this monday is a normal workshop that only follows the decided theme, while the Winter 2013 Workshop whose deadline ends tomorrow had an additional 1000 word limit due to being a shortstory workshop.

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13 Apr 2013 16:26 #31099 by smoki07
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Ok thanks for great explaination. By the way, Spring 2013 has always Family Dynamic as theme or not?

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13 Apr 2013 17:02 #31100 by njae
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smoki07 wrote: Ok thanks for great explaination. By the way, Spring 2013 has always Family Dynamic as theme or not?


There is only one workshop in Spring 2013, so yes. Keep in mind that not every story submitted in Spring 2013 is necessarily meant for the workshop, so of course there can be stories submitted that don't fit the theme. The stories that are for the workshop will be published simultaneously once the deadline has passed. In case of the Winter 2013 workshop this will be the day after tomorrow.

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