How can I start a team of my own? Knowledge Base

First, if this is your initial experience with the core workshop, we encourage you to participate in one of our existing teams. That way you'll focus on getting into the rhythm of weekly or bi-weekly critique commitments rather than on learning the ropes of being a team captain (this will not only help your writing but help you be a good team captain later on).

If this is not your initial experience, then all you have to do is contact one of our moderators to discuss your intentions for the team, what genres you're looking to support, and whether you'll need additional mentorship for your team members1.

Note: Our moderators try to balance the distribution of genre-specific teams to ensure that workshop members have a broad choice of teams. If we feel that the core workshop already has enough genre-specific teams, we may suggest you assume leadership of an existing team that might need a captain.

The role of team captain, which requires you to coordinate your assigned team members, is a commitment that should not be entered into lightly2. You are effectively in a position of respect and authority. That also means you have the support of our moderation team, and many other team captains.

  1. Full disclosure: This involves a simple interview process to help screen members who might not be appropriate for leadership roles. ↩︎
  2. Having good organizational and interpersonal skills ("soft skills") helps tremendously. ↩︎

Last Edited: 14 months ago