The following are the unique terms and conditions of use for the community areas of the Holly's Writing Classes site: forums, chat, and any other areas added later in which two or more people communicate directly with each other.
In order to have access to community features, you must agree to and abide by these terms. By the act of using the community features, you affirm your agreement with them.
You own your own words. That means that you and you alone are responsible for the content of your posts and any consequences of those posts. With that in mind:
For breach of any of the terms above, I or my moderators may move your post, remove your post, or issue a warning. I may also block you from the shared areas, specifically forum, chat, and any other site communication services we add in the future, or temporarily or permanently suspend your account.
To prevent course theft through your account, do not access your course or membership through public terminals, and always log out of your account when you are finished for the day if you use a shared private terminal. You are responsible for your Student ID and password. Unauthorized downloads are logged, and are cause for permanent termination of your membership.
You are entitled to print one copy of the course materials for your own use (and I strongly recommend that you do). You are authorized to print as many copies of all worksheets as you need for your own personal use.
Your subscription to this course entitles you to the personal and private use on computers and mobile devices belonging to you and USED ONLY BY YOU. You may not share course materials.
The rule on the sharing of course materials has the following single and specific exception:
For the first time since I left Forward Motion, I am permitting people between the ages of 16 and 17 to create accounts.
WITH ACCESS COMES RESPONSIBILITY
Accounts belonging to underage members are subject to specific community restrictions---that is, restrictions in how you use the forum, chat, and any other communication services we may add.
Like your adult counterparts on the site, you are here to learn to write fiction (and to a lesser extent, nonfiction) and get paid for it. With that in mind:
Your goal in any open workgroup is to learn how to refine your own work, or to discuss ways in which you have done so that may prove useful to other writers.
Workgroups are as much for brainstorming as they are for getting feedback on work in progress. While you can send sections of your work to fellow students via PM if you choose and they agree, DO NOT post actual work to workgroups. Use them to discuss the problems you’re having, and to find folk who are working through the same problems you are and who would like to exchange crits.
If you request comments or crits, give them in return. Crits are given on a one-for-one basis as value for value, and you and the person with whom you are exchanging crits must determine what each of you will consider an acceptable exchange beforehand.
Each private writers' group is required to follow all site rules, including rules on giving and receiving objective crits. However, within private writers groups, you can post stories, cover art, and other private copyrighted materials, share crits, develop collaborative works, exchange story PDFs, and so on.
IMPORTANT: The contents of all private writers' group boards will be deleted monthly. This both protects works from any possible security breaches and keeps the site running smoothly. Remember to keep copies of the things you do in your writers' group.
NEVER offer a crit when one has not been requested.
When comments are requested, ONLY offer them to the question the writer has asked.
Subject matter is personal, and if what you read is not to your taste, responding with "I don't like this" is...
A) Not a critique,
B) Utterly beside the point, and
C) A violation of the TOS.
If you cannot offer anything helpful, move to a different discussion.
If a critique of presented material is specifically requested—by which, the writer asks, "Would you look at this and give me a critique on X, Y, and Z" either on the open forum or in private conversation, you must follow these rules:
Things you may not say while critiquing.
"I don't like this."
"You're a terrible writer."
If you are here, I assume and your fellow students assume that you serious about learning to improve your work, whether you want to be published or not. Don't request crits or join workgroups or private on-site writers groups if you are not interested in trading work for work, or in hearing what problems other students find in your work.
Things you may not say when being critiqued.
"You're an idiot."
"That was a lousy crit."
I reserve the right as the site owner to remove any student from the boards for any reason.
You can be warned, or banned temporarily or permanently. I hate having to take drastic measures, but I won’t permit individual students who cause problems to ruin the course experience for those who don’t. If you value your access to the boards, please remember why you are taking your course or courses and what you hope to accomplish from learning the skills you’ll learn here, and behave accordingly.
So with that in mind, have fun and write with joy. You are among those who love what you love.
Broadly, don’t do anything illegal in here or your board access will be revoked. More specifically:
Respect people. Don’t harass, stalk or verbally abuse anyone.
Respect the law. Do not use these forums for the illegal sale, purchase, or exchange of any form of contraband.
Respect copyrights. Don’t post anything for which you don’t own copyright, and don’t copy anything for which you don’t own copyright.
For the full legal language, also read:
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