If all continues to go well, HASA will launch a new section,
Workshop,on the first weekend of April. This is a long awaited module
for the site, having been in concept stage for over a year, and under
development since August of 2004.
What is the Workshop? At its most basic, it is a place where groups of
HASA members can jointly work on stories. The three building blocks
1. Workshops or "Shops" - people join shops, add their stories to
them, and jointly edit their work. Shops can either be Site shops for
challenges and writing exercises, Open shops, where members are free
to "drop in" on other members' works in progress, or Private shops,
where a few members works together out of view on stories of interest
to them all.
2. Discussion Forums - like all the other sections, Workshop will have
its own forum. The Workshop forum is a little different than regular
forums because they interact with the shops, but the basic operation
is the same.
3. Playlists - Collections of stories put together by the different
shops to provide hours of reading pleasure to the members. Different
authors can put together collections of stories for almost any reason.
This is a trial. A full "Playlist" section of HASA is in the early
stages of development, and will allow readers to create playlists of
their own to share.
Looking for a few good admins:
In order to get the Workshop off the ground, it will need the loving
attention of a few more volunteers ready to make their mark on the
site. There are as many support positions as there are people who wish
Gwynnyd has already volunteered to be the Workshop Manager, or WSM,
and will help people work together in this new collaborative
environment to get the most out of their fanfic writing. She is
looking for Workshop Assistants, or WSAs. This a hands-on and personal
job, and has few requirements aside from a willingness to support HASA
members in their writing attempts. A WSA will keep an eye on the
Workshop forums for interesting posts, be on hand to help a member
figure out the difference between adding a story and cloning one, and
offer suggestions for new shops.
Sound interesting? Would you like to give it a try? Drop the Site
Manager a line and say so!
To find out more, follow this link to: