I have found a really great writing resource for you guys! I think you’ll really be excited about this one. It’s pretty robust and it’s free. 🙂 You do have to join the site, but I think it’s worth it.
(I’ve also added a link for this Resource on my Resources page.)
From the Silver Pen website:
Silver Pen, an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, encourages and fosters creative writing careers by providing workshops and forums for peer reviews and discussions. In addition, Silver Pen provides expertise and advice by editors, publishers, and published writers and is continually working to expand its services and the potential of its members.
Some of the really cool features of the Silver Pen website are the Guided Writings and the Workshops. You can only access these resources as a member.
When you sign up for Membership, the blurb says you are signing up for a free 6 month trial membership. At first I thought this meant you would have to pay after the first 6 months. However, when I signed up for the trial membership to check it out, I discovered that a full membership is also free:
So, don’t let the ‘free trial’ scare you off!
The Guided Writing section is where you can build your story piece by piece. You get helpful hints and tips as you go and other Silver Pen members can post comments on your work to try to help you along.
There are samples, snippets and tips for each section of a guided writing. This is a super cool tool to help the writer build a solid story, get some feedback and make a finished product that is polished!
Workshops work on a points system. You can post chapters or in-progress pieces here and other members can offer advice or suggestions. This can be a really useful tool when working on your story, poem, or other piece of work. There are categories for Stories, Poems, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction Essays and Novella & Novella Chapters. So, no matter what your piece is, you can get some guidance and assistance in these workshops.
There is also a Writing Tips blog as part of this website. The blog is chalk full of super useful stories, suggestions and resources for writers.
**NOTE** If your material is ‘adult’, which means it contains sexual content and/or violence, be sure to sign up for the 18 and over membership and to post your material properly so minors do not accidentally access your materials.
~ Eileen 🙂