Q: What if I’m busy and can’t work on the week’s prompts? Will they expire?
A: No. While we hope that writing every week is part of your program experience, we understand that life gets in the way. The prompts are yours to download and keep, so you can start writing whenever you have time. Because the scaffolded prompts build on one piece week after week, you will want to work in order even if you fall behind.
Q: Do I send in my weekly writing for you to read? Will I get editorial feedback on my weekly writing?
A: No. The Weekly Writes program is designed to help structure and inspire your personal writing time, and assist you in creating new work. You may submit one piece at the end of the program to be considered for publication.
Q: What will the prompts be like? What are scaffolded prompts?
A: Each week participants will receive three prompts. The first will be for generating brand new short work, like a piece of flash fiction, a dispatch, or a flash essay. The second and third prompts will be scaffolded, which means that each one will help you build and revise a piece week-by-week, from brainstorming to final editing. One set of scaffolded prompts will be for a short story, and one will be for an essay.
Q: How does the expedited submission work? Will I get feedback from an editor?
A: At the end of the program, you have one free credit to submit a piece of your choice. (You may submit additional pieces subsequently.) While we can absolutely guarantee that your piece will be carefully read and considered by at least 3 of our readers and one editor, we cannot guarantee feedback on submissions.
Q: Is this an online writing course or workshop?
A: No. Discussion or evaluation of the work produced is not part of this structured writing prompt program. There are no online sessions, editor-led discussions, or group workshops.
Q: Are poetry prompts included?
A: No. Weekly Writes is for the development of prose work, both fiction and nonfiction. If there is interest, we may create a Weekly Writes for poetry in the future.
Q: How will I receive the Weekly Writes prompts?
A: You will receive an email each week, with a link to download both your writing prompts and exclusive behind-the-scenes notes and advice from our editorial staff.
Q: How will I submit my work at the end?
A: After the program wraps up, you’ll receive a link to an exclusive Submittable form for Weekly Writes submitters. This form will allow you to submit one piece for free, and we’ll provide a decision on it within one month.
Q: I didn’t participate in Weekly Writes Vol. 1. Can I still sign up for Vol. 2?
A: Absolutely! Vol. 2 is brand new and doesn’t build upon or rely on experience with Vol. 1 of the program. Prompts are designed for both beginner and advanced writers.
Q: I already did Weekly Writes Volume 1. Is this the same thing?
A: No. We’ve put together a whole new set of writing prompts, examples, and behind-the-scenes editorial advice for Volume 2! Even if you’ve already completed Volume 1, we think you’ll find plenty to write and learn from in Volume 2. We’ve worked hard to incorporate feedback from our inaugural Weekly Writers, so the program has been improved and adjusted accordingly.
Q: Will the editors give me advice on what to submit? What advice will editors provide throughout the program?
A: Editors at The Common have put together advice, notes, and tips based on their own experience, intended to give participants a behind-the-scenes look into the writing, submitting, and publishing process. This will include what each editor is looking for in a submission, what helps work standout from the pile, and how the editorial process works. It will not include notes on your own writing, or suggestions on what writing you should submit to The Common.
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