So, I've been looking for a writer's workshop forever. No one in my life wants to hear my work. No one at the local universities, colleges, libraries know where I can find one. Is this like a secret club that a special few may know about and participate in? Am I just not cool enough, or not smart enough to be let in? I can only critique my own work so many ways, I NEED FEEDBACK.
So I notice on Palahnuik's site this cool place called Litreactor. Really didn't want to do the whole online thing. I mean, how can you get real feedback with no body language? You really can't fully, can you? But anyway, because this site seems to be endorsed by some of my favorite authors, I figure, what the hell. We are learning from the masters here, so I can forego any in person feedback. This is really not a big deal.
Then I get here. This place seems so awesome, with all of this good advice, so much to learn. I do love to learn. The first thing I check out is this writer's workshop that I came for. I didn't mind that it was nine dollars a month, I figured in time I would definitely invest in it. I would do pretty much anything at this point to be in a workshop. Mon Deiu! Am I really this pathetic?
This is where my pride, my efforts, all of this anticipation gets crushed. I click on the link for the basic workshop, just to get a feel for it, see if I can finally get this thing going. I get redirected to this page. It says ACCESS DENIED. It says YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO BE HERE. Oh for crying out loud, really? This is such a huge disapointment. Maybe I should just post short stories here. Really? I just can't beleive this.
Ah, I think I figured out what may have happened. The "basic workshop account" is just the basic account, which you already have. In order to read, critique, and submit, you have to pay. The wording on that page is kind of weird and misleading. There are only two different types of accounts; the basic account gives you access to most of the forums, and the writing events I think; the premium account (paying the $9) gives access to the locked forums, and the workshop. There is not a "basic workshop" account that gives access to the workshop.
Yeah, the subscription gets you to the Writer' Workshop, which is where you want to be for feedback. The basic membership just gets you on the forums. The Writer's Workship subscription also gets you access to ALL of the craft essays, even the ones that aren't free to the public. Those alone are worth the price of the subscription.
Thanx so much for helping me understand it all. Not so great with online stuff. I sooo agree about it all being worth the cost. I'm so tired of copy and paste to my email just to read a newer essay. They teach so much more than the university classes I took.