Are there any requirements or pre-requisites for joining a team? Knowledge Base

A member must meet three pre-requisites1 before being eligible for membership on a team:

  1. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to write substantial critiques.2
  2. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with their peers.
  3. The candidate must hold a premium membership.3

When reviewing candidates, our moderators and team captains take a number of aspects into consideration:

  1. Does the candidate have a strong ability to compose a well-considered critique, in a consistent format?4
  2. Does the candidate's critique tone/style help or hinder effective communication with the writer?
  3. Does the candidate have enough material in their Writing Projects to support a complete sprint?5

The first of these considerations is important in showing both a certain level of work ethic and quality of work. If a member's critiques are posted too far apart, or are scattered across several Writing Projects, there may be a concern that the candidate cannot handle the commitment of a team sprint.

If the structure and substance of a candidate's critique is inconsistent or lacks depth,6 there may be additional concerns that the candidate does not have the necessary experience to compose their opinions/observations in an effective manner.

The second consideration reflects concerns over candidates whose tone in writing is not compatible with their prospective teams.

Example 1: It is not uncommon for some workshops to have members who admit to being "brutally honest" in their "critiques". We firmly believe that this penchant for tearing-down another member under the guise of providing "honest" criticism is both dishonest and abusive7. We strongly discourage this type of behaviour and practice.

Example 2: The candidate may favour platitudes and praise without delving into specifics, which may be distracting from the (lack of) substance in their critiques. In such cases, captains will often pay closer attention to the candidate's critiques before making any final decisions.

The last consideration is there to determine if a candidate can post enough material for the duration of a single sprint, alleviating them from having to critique and write/revise their material at the same time. For candidates who are new to writing, the urge to constantly revise when given feedback can be overpowering-and counter-productive when participating on certain types of teams.

  1. Please note that this workshop reserves the right to change these pre-requisites at any time. ↩︎
  2. We consider anything over 500 words to be a potentially substantial critique. ↩︎
  3. This can be either a monthly or annual premium membership. ↩︎
  4. A team can use our Critique Guidelines as a reference, or provide their own so long as the necessary elements of a good critique are present. ↩︎
  5. This is largely applicable for Revision, Fast Track, and Beta teams. Draft teams require that team members have at least three Entries posted in their Writing Project. ↩︎
  6. As suggested in our Critique Guidelines. ↩︎
  7. This workshop will not support a culture of accepted abuse amongst its members. ↩︎

Last Edited: 12 months ago