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Writers Wanted for Writing Workshop

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posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 08:07 AM
Nickelbee, I totally understand what you're saying, but I don't feel we need a stand alone rule system and committee to cover all future workshops which is what I'm saying.

What I suggest is that everyone who chooses to start a workshop, should list the rules they feel necessary for that particular workshop in the starting post of the thread. I of course will moderate and advise on what may or may not be kosher

I also think to avoid confusion and several on going workshops at once, that all workshops should be proposed to me via u2 before posting. I will then compile a list, set a schedule and say when a workshop can proceed. The workshop leader can then initiate the starting thread, which I will top (sticky) Nickelbee you're still up for the first one btw, ready whenever you are....

Propose whatever rules you feel necessary and we'll all try to stick to them in your workshop aka thread. The next workshop leader can choose to follow your lead, change it around or have no rules at all, their choice.

posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 09:40 AM
Worldwatcher -

Gotcha. That makes sense. I think it will work out well if we can devise our own parameters. I will post mine on the weekend along with the exercise. And I will U2 my theme before then.

(I'm kinda liking this monkey idea).

posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 09:55 AM

Originally posted by nikelbee

(I'm kinda liking this monkey idea).

If this doesn't draw Mirthful Me into the exercise, I don't know what it's going to take. My mind is already full of finch and chimps...

Collaborative Fiction...not just for monkey kisses anymore

[edit on 29-9-2005 by masqua]

posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 06:27 PM
Think of all the good books and movies that involve monkeys. 2001: A space Odyssey is definately a good example.

posted on Oct, 1 2005 @ 08:59 PM
12 Monkeys, Monkeyshines, Monkey Business, King Kong, Planet of the Apes, Gorillaz in the Midst and the scary Project X monkey movie with Matthew Broderick.

Anyway - First writing workshop is now up and has been posted in 'Collaborative Writing' as requested by Worldwatcher. Anyone with non-writing status please U2 her.

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 04:28 AM
I'm going to revive this thread as it has been very quiet here after the last contest.
I still think this is a good idea and hopefully, we will have more people participate in the next one. WW is somewhere about, so if you are interested in leading a workshop, drop her a U2 with your 'theme' and let her know what you plan to do and when.

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 01:52 PM
This is my first attempt at leading a workshop--so please bear with me and don't stifle criticisms if they arise--I am not one to take offense easily, if at all!

I have been an aspiring bard for all my literate life, so I have some confidence, at least, in the subject of poetry, which is also the subject of this workshop.

Don't worry, though--I haven't planned any tedious dissertions on the advantages of iambic pentameters nor am I going to discuss the merits of the English sonnet vs. the Italian sonnet. I most often write rhymed and metered verse, but I have also done quite a few free-verse poems; which I, personally, think are harder to create in a lyrical yet meaningful form. The only things that have enabled me to do any good in the free-verse arena are #1 personal soulful inspiration and #2 my love for words which inspires me to often play around with sounds and patterns.

What I am going to present, primarily, in this workshop, is the use of 'alliteration' in poetry. Alliteration is repetition of beginning consonant sounds, and is one of the oldest forms of poetic styles--with a history which goes back even before the middle ages. I will cover the main points, in general, but if anyone is interested further in alliteration, (because it is actually quite an interesting approach to poetry) I found a really good website, called Linking Letters: A Poet's Guide to Alliterative Verse.

Alliterative verse uses more than just similar consonant sounds to provide a lyrical mode of poetry; its flow is not stilted or constrained, but rather is much like our normal pattern of conversant language. It uses the natural stresses and accented syllables inherent to the words incorporated, and is often composed of lines which are pairs of phrases--a good place to use cliches, actually, if they're not the worn-out type. The consonant sounds are not necessarily the beginning letters of each word, although they often are--but the key here is tying the dominant syllable-sounds together with like consonant sounds. When I say 'like consonant sounds' I don't necessarily mean only c's or only f's--because soft c's sound like s's and ph's also sound like f's. It is about sounds, not letters.

Here is an example of mine, which pretty much fits the category of alliterative verse, although I didn't do it properly according to what you might read on the site I linked to, perhaps--it just came out of my pen one day, like most of my words, but it is definitely a study in the 'm' sound:

Mourning Glory

Marble masons make millions
On man’s mission to memorialize
With monstrous, meaningless, monuments
Meant to manufacture memories
By means of morbid maintenance

Here is an example, also, from a 'famous' poet:

Moonrise, June 19, 1876
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

I woke in the midsummer not-to-call night
in the white and the walk of the morning:
The moon, dwindled and thinned to the fringe
of a fingernail held to the candle,
Or paring of paradisaical fruit,
lovely in waning but lustreless
Stepped from the stool, drew back from the barrow
of dark Maenefa the mountain;
A cusp yet clasped him, a fluke yet fanged him
entangled him, not quit utterly.
This was the prized, the desirable sight,
unsought, presented so easily,
Parted me leaf and leaf, divided me
eyelid and eyelid of slumber.

'Beowulf' is also a classic example of alliteration--however it is too long to post here, and since it has been oft-translated, there are many different samples to choose from. Do a search and find a couple if you want to read some really good and intense alliterative verse.

For anyone who is in an adventurous mood, try composing a snippet or two, using the sound of your choice, perhaps one of your initials or that of someone you are preoccupied with...the inspiration for the choice can also, perhaps, provide the tone of your ode, as well. Don't worry about form or rhyme; don't even worry about syllables or meter--just go straight from the heart, inspired by a thought and a sound--the rest might very well fall into place without much focused effort on your part!

[edit on 11/13/2005 by queenannie38]

posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 07:51 PM
Sounds fun,im in,I need to work on my dialouge and describing.

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