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A Community Project for Writing Show Listeners

With Writing Show listener Brian Martin

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The Writing Show announces a new community project: first a short story, then music, narration, artwork, and maybe even animation to supplement it!

Writing Show listener Brian Martin was so impressed by the collaborative spirit ignited by Mark Leslie's reality show series that he suggested we create a community project to keep the flame going. In this podcast, Brian and host Paula B. brainstorm about how that project should work. Here's what we came up with.

We'd like to invite you to contribute to a short story that will be written in six approximately 500-word installments for a total of about 3000 words.

Here are the guidelines for the first installment:

  • Post your approximately 500-word beginning to the story in our forum.
  • Use one or more of the following words or concepts in the story: "farthing," "long-drawn-out," "assent." Brian and Paula got these words through a random search of the dictionary.
  • Deadline is July 15, 2010.
  • Once all the entries are in, the community will vote to select a favorite.
  • The author of the winning entry will be able to choose a prize from a list of options. Prizes determined to date are: an appearance on The Writing Show; a 750-word critique of a first chapter from Paula B.; Espresso Book Machine POD services from Mark Leslie at the McMaster Univeristy Bookstore. Alternative prizes are in the works.
  • All segments of the story, submissions, and the work as a whole will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike licenses: "This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature."

After we've determined what the first part of the story will be, we'll announce the next phase of the project in a podcast and on our forum. Stay tuned for more podcasts in this continuing series.

Don't miss being part of this great new project. Start writing your first installment now!

Interviewee: Brian Martin
Host: Paula B.
Date: June 26, 2010
Running time: 35:36
File size: 17 megabytes
Rating: G