The Writers' Workshop is a support service for writers. It offers a wide range of services which are useful to writers who are beginning their career. It will act as a contact point for literary agents seeking new talent. It also provides assessments of writers' work. The workshop also offers writing courses tutored by experienced writers. This article is a guide to The Writers' Workshop.
The workshop's business is based on the fact that the hardest part of writing is beginning to write. It recognises that new writers lack contacts in the business. Moreover, they do not have experience in producing marketable material.
Therefore, the workshop offers a service whereby it uses its wide range of contacts in the literary world, to place writing with literary agents. The latter can then sell it to publishers. Special "Getting Published Days" allow writers to meet literary agents.
As writing can be a lonely business with no one to help the aspiring writer, the workshop will assess writers' manuscripts. The manuscript will be read and its faults and limitations, as a piece of written work, evaluated. The writer will then, receive a report that allows him/her to address his/her weaknesses. The editor will assess it in terms of its potential for publication. The workshop will also assess a writer's sample letter to literary agents.
The Word Cloud
This is an online community of writers who read and assess each other's work. Membership is free. It gives writers the advantage of sharing ideas with like-minded people. The community's intention is to provide a social side to writing. This side is lacking in the profession because of the nature of the writing.
The workshop offers a range of courses. Its creative writing classes include two courses called How to Write A Novel. These are online courses. One is a six-week course, but there is an intensive ten-week course that goes into more details. A course related to these two is, How to Self-edit your Novel. This enables writers to spare themselves the cost of paying a professional editor.
Another course is Writing for Children. This is a lucrative market in which there is much competition. So, the course is designed to enable writers to stand out from the crowd. Like other courses, it is hosted on Word Cloud and consists of a video introduction, a written lesson, an interactive discussion, homework and feedback.
Screen writing courses offer access to television and film writing. This is a profitable, but technically difficult area, in which writers benefit from technical advice from people with expertise in the field.