Tell Us Your Story!

When we started Big World a few years ago, it was really about building writing community. It grew out of our organic conversations about the need and the desire to carve out time and opportunity to get the writing done.

We were – and still are – about providing a chance for “butt in seat” writing.Writers who write get more written than writers who don’t. Simple as that.

Community – it’s a tough thing to maintain and to grow, especially when there are the usual suspects involved: full-time jobs, families, involvements, and doing our own writing.

Hats off to my co-moderator, who does the lion’s share of the organizing of the monthly write-ins. For my part, I would like to help grow our community via the blog and our social media, provide useful writing resources to writers in the Twin Cities and beyond, and to expose our readers to perspectives on writing they might not otherwise encounter.

That’s where you come in. We’d love to feature your experiences and stories as they relate to writing. We’d be interested in posts about:

  • Writing community – Do you have one? Who is a part of your writing community? What are your must-haves, when considering a writing community?
  • Writing soundtracks – What music/sounds helps you keep your writing mojo going? Jazz, classical, R&B, ambient noise, silence?
  • Writing goals – Look ahead to a year from now; what writing goals would you want to have accomplished by then? (BONUS: we’d love to see this in letter format, either to yourself, a la FutureMe, or to someone else of your choosing.)
  • What are you working on right now? – Longform descriptions of your current project, or #8Sunday format.
  • Submitting your writing – Lessons learned, tips, frustrations, etc. from the process of submitting your writing for publication
  • Photo tours – of bookstores, of write-ins, places to write, writer workspaces
  • Short reviews of process/editing books and or annotated bibliographies for writing books
  • Tips for the self-publishing journey

Interested? Email us at big.world.writing.club [at] gmail.com and share your stories!

A few quick and dirty guidelines. The post must be:

  1. Original
    It can’t be a post that has been posted anywhere else before. In other words, it must be a new post.
  2. At least 200 words long.
    This is for the content part, not counting the title and bio.
  3. At most 50 words bio.
    You may include links to your website/blog and/or social media channels here. Please put the bio at the end of the post. We will write an introduction at the beginning.

A word on location: as we are based in the Twin Cities, we especially want to hear from Minnesota-based writers, but we’re open to all.

Also, since we’re a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-genre writing group, we want our guest post authorship to reflect a wide range of identities and experiences, including those that are systemically underrepresented in the world of writing (which are typically the same identities that are marginalized everywhere else, just sayin.’).

Thanks and we look forward to building and growing a writing community with you!

 

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Call for Submissions: Fat-Positive Anthology

Editor: Virgie Tovar – author, fat activist/lifetime fat girl, and MA, Human Sexuality

Deadline: November 15, 2011

Length: 1500-3000 words

To Submit: Please send electronic submissions only. Attach your submission in MS Word (.doc) format to fatposanthology@gmail.com. Please include a short bio and your contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Compensation: Contributors of accepted submissions will be paid $50 and receive a writing credit in the book.

More About What Virgie is Looking For

Says Virgie: “I’m seeking personal essays for a fat positive anthology to be released in 2012. I’m seeking essays that either (1) focus on a specific event/experience that was truly flabulous or (2) tell the story of how you became a fierce fatty. I encourage contributors to hone in on a particular theme—like romance, parenting, family, fatshion, dating, performance—to use as a lens through which to tell your story. Fierce, sassy, thoughtful, authentic, non-fiction, previously unpublished, autobiographical stories from fatties who identify as women are welcome. The vision for this anthology is one of fun, unapologetic fat celebration and love!

Envision the book you would have wanted to read when you started out on your journey to fat positivity. This will be that book for a lot of people. So, share what you know and what you’ve learned, the way you navigate the world, your experiences, and don’t leave out the juicy parts!

Some guiding questions that may help as you’re writing:
-how did you become a fierce fatty?
-how do you create positive spaces in your life?
-what was a pivotal moment or experience that led to fat positivity for you?
-how do you talk to friends/family about being a fatty/fat pos?
-how do you “do” fatshion?
-how does being a fatty impact dating, sexuality and romantic relationships for you?
-has performance (e.g., fat belly dance or fat burlesque) impacted your body love experience?
-what people/communities make you feel fabulous?
-what role does your fierce fatness play into your friendships or family relationships?

Don’t feel limited by this list of suggestions, please!”

Questions? Email fatposanthology@gmail.com