Staff Christine Potter (Staff_christine_potter)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 03:52 pm: ||
Welcome to The Gazebo!
Before entering into the various topics on The Gazebo, read through our policy for posting here.
The Gazebo is not a beginner's workshop. Dedicated, experienced writers who have spent years studying their craft meet at this forum. Some of us are editors. Some of us teach writing or are enrolled in undergrad or MFA programs. This is not an easy crowd to impress.
While we're not headliners at the Dodge Poetry Festival here, we're serious about what we do. If you are new to writing, proceed with caution--and do have a look at the Poetry Lessons.
I. Getting Started
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As you set up your account here, you will have the chance to create a profile with a photograph and some information about yourself and your interests. You may include a link to your own website or blog. If you choose to link your site to The Gazebo, we ask that you adhere to the same standards on it that you would when posting on our forum: mature internet manners, and especially no ad hominem attacks on individuals associated with this board (members or Staff).
II. What To Post
When posting, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking face-to-face with someone. Flames, insults, and personal attacks will not be tolerated. We can--and do--delete these kinds of posts, occasionally resulting in the suspension or expulsion of habitual offenders. It's fine to disagree strongly with opinions, ideas, and facts, as long as respect for all persons involved is maintained. Also, note that messages posted on The Gazebo express the thoughts of the individual writers, not the board or its moderators.
It makes for an interesting thread when comments in a critique thread both agree with and diverge from prior critiques. It is, however, generally considered bad form to attack a prior critique--it's much better practice to simply offer your dissenting opinion.
And before we go any further, please understand that this is a workshop, and it is important that we keep it a place where people feel safe in posting work in progress. It is strictly forbidden to copy anyone's poem posted here and paste it into a post anywhere else on the internet without its author's permission. The same thing goes for posting a link to a poem up for critique here.
On the Poetry and Prose topics, the work submitted for workshopping should be written by the member submitting it. Because The Gazebo operates on an exchange of critiques by members of our forum, it's not OK to post a poem by a friend or a family member and expect it to be critiqued here. However, there is a topic called Third Party Poems, where you may post links to work by other (usually established) authors.
III. Enough--and Too Much!
The Gazebo is one of the more active online poetry boards on the web. We ask that members not monopolize the conversation by posting new work too frequently. Our rule is this: no more than one new poem or writing every three days or seventy-two hours. Posting the URL of your homepage and asking people to critique your entire collection of poetry and/or short stories is considered boorish.
Comment on someone else's poem occasionally. That's probably the best way to get someone to comment on yours. Again, our rule: comment on at least three writings for every one of your own you offer.
While we're delighted to celebrate our members' news of publishing success in Announcements, it is inappropriate to spam the Poetry and Prose topics with links to personal and/or publishers' websites. Such postings will be removed.
IV. Tough Critique?
The Gazebo is known for its honest, often blunt, critiques. If you don't like a critique you receive, please do not take it personally. Keep in mind the fact that it is your work that is being critiqued, not you.
To get an idea of the quality of writing that has appeared on The Gazebo, you should visit Noted On The Gazebo.
V. A Note To Editors and Publishers
We encourage editors and publishers to register at The Gazebo in order to post calls for submissions and announce new issues. You will find some impressive poetry and prose being polished in our workshop. If you choose to solicit Gazebo members individually, please be selective. An honest, enthusiastic request for an especially good piece of writing will always gladden the heart of its author. However, form letters sent regularly via our personal message system to multiple Gazebo members will be regarded as spam.
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