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Online Membership

The real, live physical group is actually full at the moment but feel free to subscribe to the website (left). This will put you on the mailing list and you will receive whatever gets posted here.

Your friendly Webmaster will then promote you to a contributor. This means that you will be able to post to the website and we intend these posts to be pieces of writing that you want critiqued. Then visitors will be able to leave their comments on the pieces. The concept here is a sort of second-tier membership of the group while it is full. (Note that you don’t even have to be in Bristol to take advantage of this!)

Don’t Freak Out

I’ve changed the look and feel of this website again to bring the software into line with the other outposts of my burgeoning empire. One day I’ll achieve total domination – heh-heh-heh! Indeed, mwah-ha-ha!

Sorry, I’ve just taken the tablets and will be OK in a minute.

Things should operate pretty much as before but if you notice any ugliness, you’re looking in the mirrorI mean, let me know. I’ll be bedding in and ironing out in any case over the next few days. In fact this change should fix some old bugs and add some must-have features (check out the whizzy Posts icon top-right for an easy RSS feed). And if any arty type would like to contribute a banner, or banners, to replace the one up above, that would be fab.

The Wednesday Group

A reiteration of the About BWG page for the only group at the mo, here are the intention and general rules. Any of this can be changed through discussion in a group meeting, and is given here just for clarification.

  • The main purpose of the group is to critique writing submissions each week.
  • Each meeting critiques two members’ writing, one submission apiece. These are sent by email or through the website by the Sunday before the meeting.
  • Each member is slotted into a rota.
  • One of the members in the slot hosts the group meeting at their own home (and provides some basic refreshments).
  • Group size consists of about 9 regular members. This means that each member can expect to submit a piece of work every 4 or 5 weeks; however, some members will be naturally more active and, where opportunity and agreement arises, they will submit pieces more often.
  • The main focus of the group is towards general fiction, and each submission for critique consists of between 1000 and 2500 words.
  • There are no specific rules regarding the type/style/content of submissions, however it is possible that the skills of group members may not be sufficient to provide appropriate critique on anything that is not ‘general fiction’ (e.g. life writing, travel writing, poetry, erotica, journals, etc.). If you are unsure, please ask the group in advance if anyone is able to provide relevant feedback.
  • When submitting your work, it should be 1.5 or double-spaced to allow comments to be written on them. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format and sent as an email attachment.
  • When submitting your work, it is recommended that you specify the type of critique that would be most helpful for you (e.g. grammar, story arc, characterisation, all of the above, etc.)
  • When a member’s rota slot is due, they are asked to submit a piece of their own writing for critique NO LATER than the Sunday prior to their slot.
  • If a member does not have a piece of work to submit when their rota slot arrives, they can: 1) arrange another activity instead, 2) still host the group but with another member’s submission, 3) agree to swap their slot with another member, 4) talk to the group to work out a viable alternative.
  • All communications and submissions of work amongst group members are to be treated as strictly confidential.
  • Individual writers/authors retain full copyright and intellectual property rights for all original work submitted for critique. No parts of these works are to be copied, distributed to third parties, or used by existing or former group members for any reason whatsoever without express written consent from the author.
  • Members of this group, through their participation and submission of work, expressly agree for all other members to print one or more copies of any submitted work for the purpose of allowing that work to be critiqued.

New Member & New Look

Welcome back to Suzie, who as a core member of the Group can now edit pages and posts here as per How to Contribute to This Website. Those details have changed a tad since I last posted them if you want to refresh your memory. In particular the Calendar has taken on a life of its own with its own instructions. (Louise will also be able to see all this now that I’ve corrected her email address.)

Some areas still look ugly and I am tinkering with them as I get under the site’s new skin. If you see anything truly foul, tell me and I’ll get on to it as a priority.

OK, I’ve Logged In

Now what do I do?

The answer is “not a lot” if you’re a mere Subscriber. You can change your profile.

The core members of the Group, though, can do much more and are confronted by a humongous WordPress dashboard after logging in.

Don’t panic.

The most important bit is the left-hand side and you can safely ignore the rest. From top to bottom you’ll only need the Posts, Pages, Calendar, Profile and Email sections.

Posts and Pages allow you to add new and edit existing posts and pages. Posts are what appear in the blog; pages appear in the Visit menu. Feel free to post like crazy. You should only need to change your own pages and subpages, and not often.

You can add events to the Calendar and change existing events. It’s really a tool for whoever does the rota but, hey, if you want the group to know about your birthday or dental appointment, knock yourself out. Note that only the core members (and a few select others) will be able to see the events.

The Profile is pretty much self-explanatory.

You can Email any number of users without having to know their addresses. The more useful aspect of this is the ability to email a group, as in Administrators, Editors, Authors, Contributors and Subscribers. These are WordPress categories of user.

The core members are all Administrators and Editors so you could send an upload of your week’s submission as a media file. You may also want to include Authors in this.

Which brings me on to what they can do. They can post but not page. They can add events but can’t see the calendar from the website. They can email one or more users but not as a group.

Contributors can post and an Editor needs to approve the post. Otherwise they are only one step up from Subscribers.

This is a Post. I’ll also create it as a Page when it makes sense to everyone – in fact a subpage of a new How To page. There will be more.

So, go forth and… post, page, email, whatever.

Under New Management

(Doesn’t that always suggest that it’ll be the same old crap but with a different face?) Anyway, this site is open for posting (if you know how). It has moved to .com but the .net address should still work just as well.

[A brief posting 101: click the “Log in” link down the righthand side of the home page and enter your credentials – good word, that. A dashboard will appear with “Add new” in the Posts box top right-ish. Click this and let rip. If I’ve set you up as an Editor, you’ll also be able to create and modify pages. If you’re not even registered, we’d love to have you on board as a Contributor.]

Most Editors will also have a member page. Louise‘s is an exemplary illustration of the general format: a sort of biog, plus links if you want, and then subpages of bits of writing or some such.

Keep an eye on the Marketplace and Free Downloads pages. Secret Bristol, or whatever we decide to call it, and other cool books will be for sale or for free, as it says on the tin. And much, much more is in the offing, so don’t watch that, watch this