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Online Writing Workshop

Since 2000, OWW has been helping people become better writers. Our members have made over 1,500 sales to print and online publications, won many awards (including the Hugo), and appeared in Best Of anthologies. Dozens of members have sold novels to major publishers.

Ive been a member for 4 months now and have really enjoyed it. Ive tried 2 other SF/F crit sites and have found them sadly lacking when compared to OWW-SFFH. The degree of automation, the wealth of material to review, the wealth of reviewers and the helpfulness of the support staff all mark the site out as hands above the rest. Keep up the good work.... It has helped me improve my work immensely.

The comments and encouragement I received were invaluable in helping me improve my skills. I wouldnt have gone to Clarion if I hadnt first gone through the workshop.

OWW was the first online workshop community I found when I was ready to begin critiquing. I have learned so much here, and made lifelong connections. As well, I discovered many more resources through OWW, including workshops and new publications. Thank you all so much for everything you do!

When I decided to get serious about writing, my very first stop was the Online Writing Workshop. Its one of the best decisions Ive ever made. Im not exaggerating when I say it changed my life -- I doubt Id have a career now if I hadnt joined the workshop.

I think an active membership in OWW is one of the very best investments a genre writer can make in his or her future.

It has been a rewarding experience working with the OWW. I have made friends, improved my writing skills and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to everyone who makes the OWW possible.

The OWW has been more useful for me than any other workshops Ive tried--university courses, local and long-distance writing groups, or Clarion West. The ongoing critiquing relationships have been invaluable, and the latest draft of my fantasy novel was far more satisfying to write than it would have been without the feedback I received through the OWW.

Ive only been a member of the workshop for a few short weeks, but already Ive learned more than in the whole of a three-year creative-writing themed Eng-Lit degree. This place is a godsend.

OWW is the finest online workshop I have found, bar none. The benefit of the feedback from other writers is absolutely invaluable and has already made a noticeable difference in my own writing.

Thanks for this wonderful service which you provide to aspiring authors. I thought before that I knew how to write. The experience of being reviewed by others, and of doing many reviews myself, has been extremely informative and inspiring. I have been humbled, but also spurred on by my contacts with the many people on this site.

What Ive gained from this workshop and the people Ive met here in the time Ive been a member is more than worth [the membership fee] to me. When I started here I knew no other writers, knew nothing about how to go about getting anything published, and was pretty much isolated from any contact with anyone who understood what I wanted to do. Finding the workshop was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I think Ive learned more about how to construct a story and the nuts and bolts of writing from the other members of the workshop than I learned in college.

I heartily believe in the usefulness of online writing workshops (I cant imagine where Id be without them!), and think that youve all done a simply fanastic job with the new OWW. The DROWW was good--but this one makes the other look an ancient, clunky relic! If the Internet is about the sharing of information and the coming-together of people who would not have met under other circumstances, then I believe online writing workshops are the single best example of how the Internet can improve peoples lives, in however great or small a way.

Youll find that when you think about how other people construct their stories, youll start thinking about your own this way, too. I learn more by doing thoughtful crits than any other trick.

This workshop helps me make my stories the best I can make them, and Im not planning to give that up.

The more I read/review, the better my own writing gets. From the beginning of a story I can now fix problems before they go down to the computer screen. Review, review, review, review, review, review ad infinitum. Your writing will get better. The better your writing, the better chance you have of getting something published. So, review...

Without the workshop I wouldnt be half the writer I am today--I wouldnt have had anything published, and I certainly wouldnt be helping to run a magazine. This workshop has helped me so much.

My problem is that the style used in fiction writing is very different from that used in my profession, which requires a complex sentence structure that supposedly reflects sophisticated ideas. The OWW has helped so much with this problem--I know Ive become a better writer since joining the workshop.

The workshop has been so helpful to me, I cant begin to tell you. I know I have a way to go, still, as a writer, but Im so much further along than I was when I started. Being involved here has truly made a difference.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. The members have been helpful as I have attempted to make my craft of writing better. They have given me fresh eyes to see what I might not have seen before, a deeper mind to ponder on the things I have read, and a more colorful vocabulary to describe my thoughts and ideas. Thanks for the opportunity.

This is an excellent workshop; kudos to whoever came up with the idea. All the different opinions given by the variety of people reviewing have already had a large impact on my writing.

I have joined many workshops in the past both online and offline. However, none were as helpful as this. The previous workshops seemed less friendly and forced a person to critique every week otherwise they would be ousted from the workshop. I submitted similar pieces to these workshops; however I was unable to get the advice I needed and could use to improve my writing. This workshop is not only the best I have seen but also one of the most helpful and supportive. Good job!

I just wish this that I had known that this workshop existed a lot sooner. I spent literally years not having any idea what to do to make my stories better. I am so impressed with the fact that other writers will help a person get published. In this competive world, that is a rare thing I think. Already the workshop has shown me what to do to make my writing stronger. How much longer would it have been before I achieved professional status without the workshop?

I have been a hobby writer for better than twenty years now. With a full career in software development, I have not been able to pursue my Language Arts education past the high-school level. This workshop has filled a role of which I have only dreamt. At long last, a way for real-life writers to learn real-life lessons about their hobby or profession. College wastes so much of your time, but this... This is the real thing.

Im very glad to see the workshop reborn. It is such an encouragement and help to younger writers and to any writers who are new to the genres. It helped me immensely.

I had looked at a lot of workshops to help me with my writing (being a beginner I needed help!) Then i found this one. I found all the comments in the reviews really helpful. I found more flaws in my work than I had ever realised I had. Thanks to this workshop they are now being corrected. It doesnt matter if you are new to writing or not

Since joining the workshop Ive seen my writing mature both stylistically and thematically. I shudder whenever I remember the drivel I was pounding out prior to discovering a forum where I could discuss, debate, argue and struggle with a whole host of other writers. Critiquing the works of others is an incredibly expanding exercise. Having my own works critted by other writers of varying skill levels has helped make me focus and hone my craft. This growth process is incredibly addictive, and Ive made e-friends with writers I fully anticipate communicating with for the rest of my life.

Ive been a member for 4 months now and have really enjoyed it. Ive tried 2 other SF/F crit sites and have found them sadly lacking when compared to OWW-SFFH. The degree of automation, the wealth of material to review, the wealth of reviewers and the helpfulness of the support staff all mark the site out as hands above the rest. Keep up the good work.... It has helped me improve my work immensely.

The comments and encouragement I received were invaluable in helping me improve my skills. I wouldnt have gone to Clarion if I hadnt first gone through the workshop.

OWW was the first online workshop community I found when I was ready to begin critiquing. I have learned so much here, and made lifelong connections. As well, I discovered many more resources through OWW, including workshops and new publications. Thank you all so much for everything you do!

When I decided to get serious about writing, my very first stop was the Online Writing Workshop. Its one of the best decisions Ive ever made. Im not exaggerating when I say it changed my life -- I doubt Id have a career now if I hadnt joined the workshop.

I think an active membership in OWW is one of the very best investments a genre writer can make in his or her future.

It has been a rewarding experience working with the OWW. I have made friends, improved my writing skills and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to everyone who makes the OWW possible.

The OWW has been more useful for me than any other workshops Ive tried--university courses, local and long-distance writing groups, or Clarion West. The ongoing critiquing relationships have been invaluable, and the latest draft of my fantasy novel was far more satisfying to write than it would have been without the feedback I received through the OWW.

Ive only been a member of the workshop for a few short weeks, but already Ive learned more than in the whole of a three-year creative-writing themed Eng-Lit degree. This place is a godsend.

OWW is the finest online workshop I have found, bar none. The benefit of the feedback from other writers is absolutely invaluable and has already made a noticeable difference in my own writing.

Thanks for this wonderful service which you provide to aspiring authors. I thought before that I knew how to write. The experience of being reviewed by others, and of doing many reviews myself, has been extremely informative and inspiring. I have been humbled, but also spurred on by my contacts with the many people on this site.

What Ive gained from this workshop and the people Ive met here in the time Ive been a member is more than worth [the membership fee] to me. When I started here I knew no other writers, knew nothing about how to go about getting anything published, and was pretty much isolated from any contact with anyone who understood what I wanted to do. Finding the workshop was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I think Ive learned more about how to construct a story and the nuts and bolts of writing from the other members of the workshop than I learned in college.

I heartily believe in the usefulness of online writing workshops (I cant imagine where Id be without them!), and think that youve all done a simply fanastic job with the new OWW. The DROWW was good--but this one makes the other look an ancient, clunky relic! If the Internet is about the sharing of information and the coming-together of people who would not have met under other circumstances, then I believe online writing workshops are the single best example of how the Internet can improve peoples lives, in however great or small a way.

Youll find that when you think about how other people construct their stories, youll start thinking about your own this way, too. I learn more by doing thoughtful crits than any other trick.

This workshop helps me make my stories the best I can make them, and Im not planning to give that up.

The more I read/review, the better my own writing gets. From the beginning of a story I can now fix problems before they go down to the computer screen. Review, review, review, review, review, review ad infinitum. Your writing will get better. The better your writing, the better chance you have of getting something published. So, review...

Without the workshop I wouldnt be half the writer I am today--I wouldnt have had anything published, and I certainly wouldnt be helping to run a magazine. This workshop has helped me so much.

My problem is that the style used in fiction writing is very different from that used in my profession, which requires a complex sentence structure that supposedly reflects sophisticated ideas. The OWW has helped so much with this problem--I know Ive become a better writer since joining the workshop.

The workshop has been so helpful to me, I cant begin to tell you. I know I have a way to go, still, as a writer, but Im so much further along than I was when I started. Being involved here has truly made a difference.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. The members have been helpful as I have attempted to make my craft of writing better. They have given me fresh eyes to see what I might not have seen before, a deeper mind to ponder on the things I have read, and a more colorful vocabulary to describe my thoughts and ideas. Thanks for the opportunity.

This is an excellent workshop; kudos to whoever came up with the idea. All the different opinions given by the variety of people reviewing have already had a large impact on my writing.

I have joined many workshops in the past both online and offline. However, none were as helpful as this. The previous workshops seemed less friendly and forced a person to critique every week otherwise they would be ousted from the workshop. I submitted similar pieces to these workshops; however I was unable to get the advice I needed and could use to improve my writing. This workshop is not only the best I have seen but also one of the most helpful and supportive. Good job!

I just wish this that I had known that this workshop existed a lot sooner. I spent literally years not having any idea what to do to make my stories better. I am so impressed with the fact that other writers will help a person get published. In this competive world, that is a rare thing I think. Already the workshop has shown me what to do to make my writing stronger. How much longer would it have been before I achieved professional status without the workshop?

I have been a hobby writer for better than twenty years now. With a full career in software development, I have not been able to pursue my Language Arts education past the high-school level. This workshop has filled a role of which I have only dreamt. At long last, a way for real-life writers to learn real-life lessons about their hobby or profession. College wastes so much of your time, but this... This is the real thing.

Im very glad to see the workshop reborn. It is such an encouragement and help to younger writers and to any writers who are new to the genres. It helped me immensely.

I had looked at a lot of workshops to help me with my writing (being a beginner I needed help!) Then i found this one. I found all the comments in the reviews really helpful. I found more flaws in my work than I had ever realised I had. Thanks to this workshop they are now being corrected. It doesnt matter if you are new to writing or not

Since joining the workshop Ive seen my writing mature both stylistically and thematically. I shudder whenever I remember the drivel I was pounding out prior to discovering a forum where I could discuss, debate, argue and struggle with a whole host of other writers. Critiquing the works of others is an incredibly expanding exercise. Having my own works critted by other writers of varying skill levels has helped make me focus and hone my craft. This growth process is incredibly addictive, and Ive made e-friends with writers I fully anticipate communicating with for the rest of my life.

Ive been a member for 4 months now and have really enjoyed it. Ive tried 2 other SF/F crit sites and have found them sadly lacking when compared to OWW-SFFH. The degree of automation, the wealth of material to review, the wealth of reviewers and the helpfulness of the support staff all mark the site out as hands above the rest. Keep up the good work.... It has helped me improve my work immensely.

Let us know if you find a problem with the workshop, or just ask questions not answered on the site. Well try to get back to you within a few daysa week at the longest. If youd rather email us directly, send a message .

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