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Welcome to ff_workshop, an anonymous writer's workshop for the Firefly and Serenity 'verse.
The premise is pretty simple. Authors can submit fics to the moderators via email (ffworkshop @ gmail . com). Those fics will then be posted anonymously to the community and reviewers will leave constructive feedback to help you improve your writing.

If you're looking for honest, helpful advice on plot, structure, flow, and characterization on your Firefly/Serenity short fic, this is the place for you.

Please carefully read the rules before reviewing and/or submitting fics for review.

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9th-May-2007 10:53 pm - Dialogue anyone?
kitty leaf
Just a little mid-week reminder about the Dialogue Workshop we're holding over at ff_workshop.

Also, we've had two submissions that could, er, use some reviews. Located here and here.
7th-May-2007 12:13 am - Dialogue Workshop Submission #2
kitty leaf
ETA: Sorry about the formatting problem. The preview looked good and then the internet crashed on me and since it was very late, I just shut everything down and went to bed.

Here's our second submission for the Dialogue Workshop. Please take time to give a critique and try to do so for the first one that was posted earlier.

As always, please try to be fair and honest when reviewing, and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to review the fics anonymously.

There are many things you can provide concrit on with a dialogue piece, here are a few, but feel free to comment on other things: characterization and voice, flow and clarity, use of tags with dialogue. Try to indicate what the author has done well in addition to things that could be improved.

Workshop 1: Dialogue
Characters: Zoe and Mal, implied Mal/Simon, spoilers for TLB.
Word Count: 211

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5th-May-2007 06:19 pm - Dialogue Workshop Submissions...yay!
kitty leaf
We've gotten a couple of workshop submissions (hooray and thanks to the contributors!). I'm going to space the posting of them so that I don't flood your flists. Here is the first!

As always, please try to be fair and honest when reviewing, and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to review the fics anonymously.

There are many things you can provide concrit on with a dialogue piece, here are a few, but feel free to comment on other things: characterization and voice, flow and clarity, use of tags with dialogue. Try to indicate what the author has done well in addition to things that could be improved.

Workshop 1: Dialogue

Characters: Mal and Wash

Word Count: 468

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2nd-May-2007 10:26 am - Workshop 1: Writing Dialogue
kitty leaf
This is our first writing workshop, so I hope you will all consider participating. The focus will be on dialogue, which is something that can be difficult to write, especially in the Firefly verse. For this workshop, we're giving you a setting so that you can get right into the conversation between your characters. So, dust off your pens (or keyboards) and write up some dialogue using the following guidelines:

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p.s. Let me know if any of this didn't make sense.


Edited to Add some links for tips on writing dialogue:
Tips for Writing Firefly Dialect
Punctuating Dialogue, which contains much more than just tips on punctuating dialogue!
17th-Apr-2007 04:13 pm - Feel like a little discussion??
kitty leaf
Well, we've had a few fics submitted and reviewed and all in all, I think things have gone fairly well!

Thanks to our authors and all the reviewers who took time to give feedback.

I really hope you guys will consider submitting something as you work on fics (you are working on fics, right?). And PLEASE consider pimping us to your friends.

Okay, now to the business of the day: We had a poll a few weeks back (remember that?). There seemed to be some interest in discussing writing as well as having some specific writing challenges. So, I thought we would use one to lead us to the other!

So, please *please* join me in discussing the following:

What type of scene is the most difficult for you to write and why? (emphasis on the why) And please feel free to include examples (good or bad) from your own writing if you wish!

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14th-Apr-2007 10:16 pm(no subject)
kitty leaf
Another ficlet for you guys to review.

As always, please try to be fair and honest, and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to review the fics anonymously. There are many things you can provide concrit on, including plot, flow, characterization, etc. Also, please try to indicate what the author has done well in addition to things that could be improved and give concrete advice for improvement when you can.

Thanks in advance! :)

Title: The Only Thing She Has Left
Pairing:Jayne/Kaylee
Rating:PG
Word Count:478
Warnings:Character death
Summary:Kaylee still has Jayne’s coat.

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11th-Apr-2007 04:45 pm(no subject)
kitty leaf
Yes, we are still here. And today we have a submission for you to review!

Please try to be fair and honest, and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to review the fics anonymously. There are many things you can provide concrit on, including plot, flow, characterization, etc. Also, you might try to indicate what the author has done well in addition to things that could be improved.

Let's give this author some good feedback and also, please consider submitting a fic to us. It's helpful and only 1/4 as painful as going to the dentist! ;)

TitleUnder Fire
Pairing: None
Rating: PG
Word Count: 474
Warning: None
Summary: Jayne, Kaylee and Zoe are caught under heavy fire and there’s no way out.

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20th-Mar-2007 09:32 pm(no subject)
kitty leaf
We're trying a poll for the comm. We'd like to know what you guys think.

It's here at my journal.
18th-Mar-2007 12:14 am - Our first two ficlets
badger
Hi guys! Here are our first two ficlets up for concrit. The first is a little more than a drabble and the second is about a double drabble. Please try to be fair and honest, and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to review these anonymously. Let's get going!

Title: Why Did He Shave, Anyway?
Pairing: Mal, Jayne
Rating: G
Word Count: 173
Warnings:
Summary: Missing scene (?) from The Train Job: Ever notice that between the pilot episode and The Train Job, Jayne has shaved? Ever wonder why?
Reveal author?: N

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Title: Dreaming
Pairing: River, Jayne, Simon
Rating: G
Word Count: 341
Warnings:
Summary: Another missing scene (?), this one from Trash
Reveal author?: N

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To think about for these two:

  • Do these ficlets function as complete stories or as scenes from a known 'verse? Should a drabble tell an entire story or should canon clues provided in a scene be enough to tell a story in fandom?


  • One of these has a fairly ephemeral setting while the other is more concrete. Does that effect how well the fics come across?


  • Though you are of course free to comment on any aspect you see fit! These are just ideas to get things started.
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