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dstntp1lgr1m from Hanover, MD is reading To Kill A Mockingbird/Go Set A Watchman August 16, 2015 - 5:24am

I just wondered if we can ever use the writing communities to work on non-fiction pieces. In my case I would prefer to write non-fiction (at the moment) and use visual fiction parts to accompany as metaphor for what really happened.

 

is that supported here when you post submissions of your own work?

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Anna Gutmann from Ohio is reading American Gods August 17, 2015 - 10:15am

Hey! I don't see why you couldn't use the writing workshop to post non fiction work. Though it is true a majority of the pieces posted are fiction, I have been around long enough to witnes several non fiction submissions as well. I would be sure to note in the author's agenda, as well as in the genre drop down menu, that your submission is non fiction, just so readers know how to critique properly. If it is creative non fiction (that's what it sounds like from your thread post) note those details as well.

Generally (from my experience), the LR community is entirely supportive of any genre of writing. And if you don't receive enough reviews on the workshop (or don't want to submit per chapter, as is customary there), you can always start a thread querying others in the community to "trade" manuscripts for critiques. Something you should keep in mind as well is the number of reviews you may receive based on genre experience. Non fiction may get fewer reviews, or possibly less specific feedback, if a majority of reviewers do not specialize in that specific genre. Still, that doesn't mean what people have to say will be less helpful; it just means their comments might be more based off a reader perspective as opposed to a writer's view, if that makes any sense at all.

If you do join Workshop (or already have), you will always get more reviews based on how many reviews you do in return! Some great seasoned members to try your hand with review-wise include Repo Kempt, Holly Bella Toschi, and Joe P. They definitely know what they're doing in terms of rating and return reviewing! But of course, don't limit yourself there. The newer members give great feedback as well, and there are a wealth of more seasoned members other than those I've mentioned to give feedback as well.

Hope you find LR as welcoming as I did! If you do end up submitting to the workshop here and need an extra review, please don't hesitate to PM me and notify me of the submission! I'm always happy to do reviews, though occasionally I forget to check the board for new submissions.

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dstntp1lgr1m from Hanover, MD is reading To Kill A Mockingbird/Go Set A Watchman August 17, 2015 - 7:10pm

Wow! That was incredibly helpful and insightful. Thank you very much. I will take all of that into consideration (actually I'm likely to follow every bit of that advice) and I'll be sure to. Pitch you when I get a chance to post another piece!

 

Thank you again!

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Anna Gutmann from Ohio is reading American Gods August 18, 2015 - 3:49am

No problem ;-)