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Writers’ Dash (6am/6pm Pacific Time, Mon-Fri) hosted in Second Life® by Doyle Slen, Merry Chase, Harriet Gausman and Roberrt Magne.

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash or #dailydash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on TwitterFacebook and Second Life®every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm Pacific Time we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PST. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is for you to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

Word Scrimmage – hosted on Twitter by Virtual Writers and The Sprint Shack.

500 Word Snatch We hold regular meet-ups on our writing sim in Second Life® at 6am Pacific Time, Monday-Friday, and at 11am Pacific Time on Saturday. There is an additional Snatch at Book Island in Second Life® on Sunday at 12 noon Pacific Time.

Special Events

March Poetry Festival

An exhibition of work and readings from Second Life®’s most prominent poets. Held the last weekend of March.

NaNoWriMo Support

We like to crack the whip…ahem encourage writers, by offering a veritable calendar of delights during National Novel Writing Month in November – regular word scrimmages, write-ins, inspirational workshops, talks and articles from successful authors. See last November’s schedule for more details.

Short Story Workshop

This intensive, month-long workshop, devised to toss participants head first into the process of writing a short story (1k – 10/20k words) is held twice a year.

Each week we will tackle a different ingredient so participants learn how to construct a short story, much like baking a cake.

Areas Covered

  • the differences between a short story and novel (and the similarities)
  • the ingredients of a good story
  • beginning hooks
  • characterization
  • plot
  • character/story motivation
  • endings

Participants are encouraged to bring their short fiction ideas but they can also develop them during the first week.

The workshop is free of charge to members of Virtual Writers.

If you are interested in holding an event at our writers’ sim please submit your query through our online contact form.

If you’d like information on connecting to Second Life® then check out the following article.

Milk Wood Writing Community is owned and run by members of Milk Wood Writers’ Consortium.

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