Thursday, April 17, 2008

Back to the Classroom

For the last week readers over at Nerd's Eye View have been posting submissions for our Micro Writing Workshop.  Pam, the resident "nerd," posted the following:
Here’s the deal. You write a 200 word (or less) post following the prompt below. Include a photo as per the guidelines. When you’re done, drop a link to your post in the comments. I’ll compile them and Angela will do a short critique of each participant’s post. Once that’s done, I’ll post the entire workshop back here on Nerd’s Eye View.

Here’s the writing prompt:

Michelangelo was just one of the thousands of architects, artists and laborers who molded and shaped St. Peter’s Basilica over two centuries. Every building, grand or humble, has a story and is the product of human hands working together. Choose one of your photographs of a building — large, small, monumental, inconsequential — and in 200 words or less, tell the building’s story.

You’ve got a week to get your post written and in the comments - the deadline is April 14th. After that, I’ll be closing comments on this post. And hey, I’m going to be the enforcer on that word count thing. 200 words, tops, comrades, not one word more. Why? Because word counts are real requirements out there in the world and learning to write for them is a challenge that we should all be able to tackle.

I’m excited that Angela has agreed to give us her time to workshop our travel writing! Now, give it your best shot. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do.
Today I post my comments and critiques. It was a great exercise, and the submissions were fantastic! Check it out! And many thanks to all who participated. There are lots of good writers out there.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Angela, thanks a million for the feedback through this micro-workshop. It was great to get your comments. And interesting to read everybody else's submissions too. Thanks again :) Amanda

laradunston said...

Hi Angela, it's so wonderful to discover your book and blog. I've linked to you and added you to my blog roll. But how to I get a copy of your book? I'll be in Rome in a few weeks to do a story - would love to review your book. http://cooltravelguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/travel-writing-and-travel-blogging-how.html

Welcome back! If you haven't already, I hope you'll subscribe to my RSS feed so we can stay in touch. Ciao!

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