The Collaboration forum is different is several ways to the other forums at AT.
It is intended as a venue for two members to work together in each thread to improve a poem posted up by one of those two members.
To this end the following rules apply:
1. Access to the forum to post (though not to read) is restricted to actively participating members. “Actively participating” means members who have initiated a thread, and are either waiting for a partner to work with, or are working with such a partner, who is, of course, also an actively participating member.
2. Access to the forum may only be obtained by a Private Message (PM) to the Administrator or a Moderator of the forum (at present just me). The PM should simply state whether you wish to begin a new thread, or to partner a member who has already initiated a thread (or both).
3. Members wishing to post in Collaboration should have at least 50 posts in any poetry forum at AT within the two years immediately preceding their request for access.
4. Each thread in Collaboration will commence with a poem posted by the “Originating Collaborator” (OC) together with a few notes under the poem indicating what the OC is looking for in terms of help, and any other useful points about the poem, the time and commitment he or she is able to make etc.
The second post of the thread will be made by a potential “Partner Collaborator” (PC) who will indicate that he or she is willing to work with the OC to develop the poem and perhaps respond to some of the points raised in the notes by the OC, including, for instance, giving an idea of the time he/she can devote to the. If the PC is relatively unknown to the OC it would also be helpful to have some idea of the PC’s poetic experience and ability.
The third post in the thread will be the OC’s response to the PC’s offer to assist. If positive, then the Collaboration will begin, at a pace entirely set by the partners, and with no time parameters set by the Board management. If the OC does not wish to take up the offer of help then the PC should cease posting in the thread, and the OC may wait for a further offer from another PC or request closure of the thread by Administration.
(Note: There is of course nothing to prevent a potential OC and PC discussing a proposed Collaboration by Private Message or Email, but the following basic format for the opening posts of the thread should still be followed).
The format and layout of the thread will generally be left to the judgement of the participants, but it is recommended that, at the very least, a clear pattern is agreed for dealing with the posting of revisions to the original poem. Revisions to the original poem should however NEVER be made in the opening post of the thread.
5. Participation in each thread will be restricted to the OC and the PC. Moreover other members are asked to refrain from commenting upon (obviously pleasant encouraging comments are welcome) the threads in Collaboration elsewhere in AT. Any views or comments about the threads in Collaboration can be expressed to the participants via PM if anyone has a burning desire to do so, but not in public please.
6. At the conclusion of the Collaboration (at the point where either partner indicates that they do not wish to proceed further) the thread will be locked by Administration, and unless the OC and PC are involved with another thread in the forum the ability to post in Collaboration with be removed.
7. Poems posted to Collaboration should be exclusive to the forum. Poems that have been previously posted in Poetry Zone, Workshop or elsewhere at AT may be posted again in Collaboration after a minimum period of ten days has elapsed, but must not be posted in other forums while the Collaboration thread is open.
8. It is axiomatic that the general idea of Collaboration is that more experienced and/or stronger poets assist those with less experience to develop their poetry in a positive way. However, here at AT we are mostly all “amateur” creative writers, and our individual strengths and weaknesses mean that there are few distinct “boundaries” in terms of ability. For this reason we decided not to emphasise the “mentoring” nature of this forum in the title. It is, nevertheless, to be hoped that some threads will develop along these lines, to the benefit of the OC and of course all readers of the forum.
Postby Rob on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:58 am
A further thought.
Once a thread here is closed, participants are of course welcome to post the resulting poem elsewhere at AT (PZ or Workshop for instance) to allow other's to comment.