Writers' circles

Once again, it has been brought to Plot Bunnies’ attention that there are ways to run a writers’ circle and ways to definitely not run a writers’ circle. We’re not saying we have absolutely the definitive, best way to run this type of group, and we’re not going to tell you how to do it, although obviously there are things you should and shouldn’t do if you want to keep your members happy (and your integrity intact).

Should writers write for free?

Something has come up in the last few days which has got Plot Bunnies riled, and once more we are thinking about the commercial and artistic value of what we write. The group received an email from a lady who was inviting us to submit writing to be displayed on a website. A news portal, of sorts, though it wasn’t one we’d heard of. She began the email with the generic (and rather annoying) greeting “Dear Writer”, and went on as follows. (I have left out the name of the website, as there is no need to name names here.)