Writers Workshop (Sample)

This is a sample page for promotional purposes.


Acceptable formats for this workshop include any work of speculative fiction including (but not limited to) short stories or novel chapters. Please include a short descriptive paragraph at the beginning of the piece which includes:

  1. an approximate word count at the beginning of your submission. Suggested length is between 1500 and 7500 words.
  2. an indication of what state the story is in when it is submitted. Works may range from first drafts to polished stories.
  3. any specific problems you are experiencing and would like addressed: e.g character development, a plot hole, grammar issues, etc.

Two or three submissions will be posted each week for members to read and critique. All posts and comments will be kept confidential within the group behind the password wall. These submissions will not be published by us on the blog or elsewhere.

Schedule (subject to change)

  • May 14, 2014: Uncomplicated by Sean Sandulak NEW!
  • May 14, 2014: Work in Progress by Fake Name
  • May 14, 2014: Untitled by Noah Body
  • May 21, 2014: Work in Progress  by Nom dePlume
  • May 21, 2014: To Be Announced by Fake Name
  • May 21, 2014: Untitled  by Nom dePlume
  • May 28, 2014: To Be Announced by Noah Body
  • May 28, 2014: Work in Progress by Nom dePlume
  • May 28, 2014: Untitled by Fake Name
  • June 11, 2014: Workshop closes

Additional information

 To find this page from anywhere on the website, go to Workshops>Writers Workshop Sample in the bottom half of the main menu. You will be given the link and password when you are assigned to a group. Your browser should store the password, so you will only have to enter it once on any computer. If you enter more than one workshop, however, you may need to reenter the password when switching between them. If you lose or forget the password, contact the administrator at foilandphaser@gmail.com

Each participant will email a link to a Google Doc to foilandphaser@gmail.com. Make sure the Document is saved in the Google Doc format, and is not just an imported .docx/.odt/.rtf  file. Enable the document for comments for anyone who has the link.

There is a Foil & Phaser Google account for anyone not wanting to use their own or for those unfamiliar with Google Drive. Email your submission as a .doc/.odt/.rtf attachment (not .docx) to foilandphaser@gmail.com with the subject line “Workshop”, and it will be posted for you. Links to these Docs will be removed from this page once the response time has expired. The Documents will be deleted within 30 days of the completion of the workshop unless you request otherwise in a comment at the top of the document.

For suggested formats, answers to common questions, and critiquing guidelines, please refer to this document. Each member will submit their work by the deadline given unless instructed otherwise. Priority will be give to previous workshop participants. This is to encourage future participation and discourage those who would disappear after receiving their critique. New members must review other’s work before their will be posted for review.

Comments should be concise, thorough and detailed. You are not required to comment on every post, but you should respond to most of them. Anyone who does not contribute to the discussion will not be allowed to submit work for review and may be asked to leave the group. This is a participatory workshop, and it will only work if everyone becomes involved.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us by email or by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page. Thank you for participating in this Foil & Phaser writers workshop.

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