The Wolf Pirate Project has created a Writer's Workshop to support writers on many levels. The Project is looking for writers with promising talent in both the ability to come up with original, imaginative fiction, as well as showing skill in crafting it. The Project's Workshop also looks for those writers with a strong work ethic to go through the rigorous editing the Project's editors demand. Applicants are screened for these qualities.
The Project's Workshop was created in an effort to help serious writers who share the same vision in the literary field as the members of this organization. No fee accompanies any acceptance into the Workshop, and the applicant must be prepared for an energy-intensive program. Only seriously committed writers should apply. This is not to be taken as a means for a writer to have an editor clean up his manuscript; this is a hands-on learning experience.
The expectations of this workshop are rigorous. Honesty and communication are the keys to success. The ability to convey ideas does not stop with telling the story, but to work with editors to improve the work. Writers with a thin skin or who are inflexible to suggestions should reconsider applying. Time constraints will be applied to give the impression of working on a deadline. Declined submissions will be explained, and shall be merit-related.
1. Submission must be of novel-length fiction, completed.
2. The applicant must have a strong work ethic to meet deadlines, listen and incorporate constructive criticism in rewrites, communicate well through writing, and take honest feedback.
3. Applicants should submit a short query requesting to be considered for the Workshop and why they believe their work fits the program. Include a very brief synopsis (one page) of the story and the first chapter, no more. All submission attachments through email should be in a Word document.
4. Applicants must use the submission form at the bottom of this page and be titled "Workshop Submission." All other electronic submissions may be sent to a spam filter and not reach the Project's program committee.
5. Submissions and acceptance into the Workshop shall be based on selection by a committee, with the quality of writing judged on concepts taught in the Advanced Creative Writer's Class. See main menu or click here.
5. Applicants accepted into the Workshop must be able to work online with the editor.
The Project believes literary endeavors are a cooperative effort among the public. Writers and readers should communicate more often to engender a love for literature. The Project retains the right to post small portions of works-in-progress to provide advice to other writers. In these instances, only small portions (a sentence or small part of a paragraph) will be used to emphasize a point, and in no way will risk a rights infringement.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE WORKSHOP
The Project's Workshop is a wonderful opportunity for a few writers to receive full mentoring with their work by one of our dedicated editors. The process starts with the submissions review. Each member of the committee, comprised of editors, will review an applicant's submission and decide on its merits, based on the concepts discussed in the Advanced Creative Writer's Class. Once the committee has selected an applicant to take into the Workshop, an editor will be assigned to the project. The editor and writer will work chapter by chapter on story development and critique. Deadlines will be provided to keep a writer on track and to give him an idea of the reality of publishing. This also displays a writer's work ethic. Those writers who continually fail to meet their deadlines will be dropped.
Once the work has gone through its first chapter-by-chapter story development, the editor and writer will work on blue-line editing. The writer will see what it is like to learn grammar, syntax, tempo, punctuation, etc. Communication is encouraged between the writer and editor to discuss any contention through all phases of the process.
Nearing the end of the process, the editor will work with the writer to achieve a cover design concept. As a reward for their accomplishment, the Project will have a single book printed for the writer to keep as his own. The writer will retain all rights of his work and no ISBN will be assigned to it. The complimentary copy is meant only for the writer's personal achievement.
Editors will give a full critique on a writer's performance in the program at the completion of the work. Each writer who completes the Workshop will have a temporary page on the Project's web site to display their work. The length of duration shall be dependant on space.
The Project has only a finite number of editors. Not all applicants will be accepted. Some may be deferred to a later time, when an editor becomes available. The most outstanding works from the Workshop shall be chosen by committee to advance into the next stage of promotion in the literary field by the Project. This is not a publishing offer, but a mentorship to bring these writers into the public through various avenues.