FAQ: Weekly Writes

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Q: I didn’t participate in Weekly Writes Vol. 1, 2, 3, or 4. Can I still sign up for Summer 2020?

A: Absolutely! Our Summer 2020 program doesn’t build upon or rely on experience with earlier volumes of the program. Prompts are designed for both beginner and advanced writers.

Q: I already did Weekly Writes Vol. 1, 2, 3, or 4. Is this the same thing?

A: Our Summer 2020 program is not all brand new prompts. Prose prompts this summer are from our Weekly Writes Vol. 1 program. Poetry prompts will be from Weekly Writes Vol. 3, our first poetry program. So if you already participated in Vol. 1 or Poetry Vol. 3, you will be familiar with the prompts in our Summer 2020 program. 

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.

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 prose piece, or a set of five poems, at the end of the program to be considered for publication.

Q: Can I share my pieces with other Weekly Writers?

A: If you want to, yes. You will have the option to add your name, email, and location to a list of participants interested in being in touch with one another. The Common does not facilitate this process beyond compiling the list, so interested Weekly Writers will need to set up their own sharing process online via email or another platform, or in-person through local groups.

Q: Can I do both poetry and prose prompts?

A: Weekly Writes is designed to be either all poetry or all prose; if you are interested in receiving both prompts, you’ll need to sign up for both programs. They will run simultaneously.

Q: What will the prose prompts be like? What are scaffolded prompts?

A: Each week participants will receive three prompts. The first and second will be for generating brand new short work, like a piece of flash fiction, a dispatch, or an essay. The third prompt each week will be scaffolded, which means that every one will help you build and revise a story week-by-week, from brainstorming to final editing.

Q: What will the poetry prompts be like?

A: Poetry participants will receive three prompts every week: a mix of generative prompts for creating brand new work, and prompts to guide revision on previous compositions.

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: 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: 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. Some weeks will also include notes and advice from writers published in The Common.

Q: How do I sign up for the masterclass with the Editor in Chief? When will it be held?

A: Program participants will have the option to sign up for this masterclass when Weekly Writes is underway. It will be a group, online masterclass about the editorial process, with a Q&A at the end. The date of the masterclass has not been decided yet.

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