Questions and Answers
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What is the purpose of this website?
This website is to showcase a sampling of your writing and to inspire others in their work. Writers generally like to have their words read and appreciated. This website provides that venue. The website is for and about you, the writer. Please send your ideas and suggestions on how to make this site work to better serve the writing community.
Who’s idea was it?
The idea for the Women Writers’ Web came from participants of the AHA writer’s workshops over the past twenty years. The idea was simply to have a place to share stories, poems, inspiration, and encouragement. Writing is a singular activity but community support is often quite helpful, and in many cases, necessary.
I'm a little confused about what the site is striving to do. I noticed a list of writers who have given a bio and picture. I can do that. But how is the site going to use that information?
We are not going to “use” the information people send in. We will post what people want to share with other people, and especially other writers. If an outside source, such as a magazine, wanted to publish something found on the site, they would contact the author. All rights are retained by the author. There is no hidden agenda.
Will you be marketing the site to potential readers?
We are not going to “market” anything. We will spread the word about the Women Writers’ Web whenever we can and encourage others to do so as well. Writers are certainly welcome to market their work on their page if they wish. In fact, we hope they do.
What about legal rights?
All rights are the exclusive property and responsibility of the author. If anyone wishes to publish or reproduce any of the work on this website they must first receive permission from the author. This may be done by contacting the author directly or by contacting the Appalachian Heritage Alliance who will notify the author.
Are you going to feature fiction or non-fiction?
Whatever you want.
I like your resource page. Do you plan to expand it?
Thank you. We would love to expand it. Please send us items of interest to the writing community.
What happened to the Forum?
It wasn’t being used and was costing us money so we closed it. We hoped it would become a lively place of conversation but it didn’t happen. If enough people want a forum, and will use it, we will gladly re-open it.
Do you offer classes or workshops?
The AHA has hosted classes and will continue to do so. To have your name added to the notification list, email Janine at email@example.com. Please refer to the Resource Page for lots of information on classes and workshops around the state.
Can men participate?
Absolutely. We do not discriminate. Men are certainly welcome to have a page on this site.
Do you edit submitted work?
Only obvious typos. As soon as we publish to the web we contact you so you can proof it.
Can we then make changes?
Sure. Tell us what you want changed and we will do it.
Can we completely delete something we have already posted?
Technically, you can’t. But if you let us know, we can and will.
Do you post anything sent in?
We have so far. However, if a piece of writing seems unsuitable for this venue it will be reviewed by the Writer's Board and a determination made whether or not it will be published. The decision of the Writer’s Board is final.
Will my poems appear on the webpage exactly as I sent them?
Formatting on a website works differently than formatting on your word processor. The many choices of internet browsers (Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc,) the abundance of word processing programs, and the variety of screen sizes from small smart phones screens to large computer monitors, will present technical problems in how your work will appear on this site. Since formatting is important to the poem, this is an issue we will have to work out together. We want the poem to appear on the page just as you