Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Plan

The writers had a great time last night. You should have been there. Six of us showed up, Rachel, Chris, Naoko, Neil, Mark (new link to the left) and myself. You could even say we made a little progress. That is, we decided to evolve a tad from trading books, telling stories, and mourning the loss of our professor to, yes, making a workshopping plan. Writing. Making little scribbly marks on others' writing. The plan is this: Write something. Circulate it around to the e-mail list I'm going to send out. It's easy. Just paste it into the message portion and hit "reply all." Don't post your masterpiece to your blog quite yet. Don't send old stuff. When you get stuff from others, scribble your comments on it. Bring it to the next gathering. We'll talk about the piece, return it to its owner, then the owner can post it to their blog. How does that sound? A little more intriguing than just sitting around and drinking beer/coffee? Of course we'll still drink and eat and be merry...

Start circulating anytime (or as soon as I get the e-mail out.) I can't make the next meeting at The Chicory, but we might as well start the process now.

We're also looking at the logistics of going to David's next poetry reading in Michigan, which we'll talk about next time. It's a bit far, on a Monday night, but perhaps we can swing it. It always fun to go driving around in a car.

7 comments:

Talia said...

Good deal! I'm excited about the workshopping, peer editing, whatever we call it. Just how far is that reading by the way?

Charmi said...

Neil says 4 1/2 hours, so we definitely need a plan, if we're going to do it. More later, gotta get moving...

Eric said...

If you would include me in the workshopping... this sort is essential.

eaginger@iusb.edu

Busstogate said...

My email is busstogate@yahoo.com.

Also, in case any of you are wondering about a neutral posting place, I can host poems in my online forum site:

busstogate.proboards56.com

I use it for school and our annual art and lit mag, but I can set it up so no students ever bother you unless you want them to by putting people into certain user groups and password protecting given boards within the forum site.

If you are interested or just want to look around for yourself, go to the site and create a new account.
Even if you don't want to use it for workshopping, there are general forums you might want to contribute to or draw from.

Charmi said...

Thanks, Tom. I'll check it out.

Right now we're just going to use e-mail & pens & paper and then workshop in person. I think the flow of ideas goes a lot more smoothly that way. But bring it up at the next meeting. I'm sending you an e-mail with the other details.

Neil Kelly said...

Details. We don't need no stinkin' details.

Charmi said...

True. So true.