As part of my ongoing guest post series in this blog, we had Jane Camens , guest editor of Griffith Review: New Asia Now answering questions last week. Today I’m pleased to welcome authors Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée, who are here to talk about a wonderful event, an opportunity for all writers.
Their community, Write Edit Publish (WEP), is a great way for
Readers to find or talk about books they like,
- Post excerpts from their work (published or in-progress),
- (or) Write new flash fiction
- Receive feedback (if they want to)
- Gain new readers.
Feel free to leave your questions for Denise and Yolanda in the comments section, and they might stop by to answer them. Take it away, Denise and Yolanda!
What better place than the blogosphere to learn more about the writing craft? Yet nowhere could I find exactly what I was looking for, an online writing community that not only challenged my writing, but one where I could get instant feedback on my work, and therefore improve.
You know what they say…if it’s not there, invent it, so I took the plunge, contacted a favorite blogger friend, Francine Howarth, and RomanticFridayWriters (RFW) was born in 2011. We started weekly flash fiction challenges with a word limit of 400, then we upped it to 1,000 words. Francine eventually moved on to take the Regency Romance world by storm, so Donna Hole stepped into the breach. We then changed the romantic elements requirement and found a wider audience. RFW segued into WEP, opening up to more genres–added to flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry, we offered photography, art and playscripts. By now I was operating without a co-pilot which was no fun, so recently Yolanda Renee agreed to become my new partner. Good choice. Yolanda is full of enthusiasm to see WEP take its place in the vibrant writing community, offering its unique blend of camaraderie, critique and challenge.
When I discovered the RFW’s website (now WEP) in 2012, I joined without hesitation. The opportunity to work on writing a short story and receive immediate feedback was exciting. I posted my first Flash and requested a full critique. I not only got the critique but my every question answered. This was ideal, and the opportunity to learn came not only through my writing but also by reading the work of others. I was hooked. I’ve used the work created for the challenges in my books, and I’ve re-written pieces as contest entries. The opportunities are endless and inspiring. This online community is a success story — many participants have gone on to publish multiple novels.
When Denise asked if I’d co-host, I agreed immediately. Flash fiction is an addiction, and this semi-monthly 1000-word challenge is the icing on the cake. If you’re considering taking the plunge, please do. You’ll be surprised by the quality of the writing, the variety of genres, the supportive feedback, and the networking opportunities made possible simply by participating in WEP.
Submissions are open for WEP’s latest challenge, Spectacular Settings: Click the link for the guidelines and to sign up. Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.” And we will add…”Write!”
Denise Covey hails from Down Under, where she publishes short stories and travelogues. Approaching the finish line on her first novel and romance series, she is about to hit the NYT best-seller list. When not writing, she teaches English to her rapt students who think she’s way cool. She also has a wild imagination.
Yolanda Renée is a flash fiction addict. She is the author of Murder, Madness & Love, and Memories of Murder, published by Curiosity Quills Press. She left the corporate world to seek a new adventure in the world of writing. Flash fiction challenges like WEP help fulfill that desire.
If you’re a reader, what fictional settings have remained with you? If you’re a writer, what settings in your work do you want to talk about? Care to join the Spectacular Settings event? The post can be an excerpt from a book or a short story or flash fiction you’ve read, you’re writing, or have written– so it can’t get easier than that. You can ask for feedback on your work, if you so wish.