You can share your stories, poems, reports, essays, descriptions or anything else, as long as you wrote it yourself. You can also share your completed activities on each of the practice/activities pages and your story ideas on the story prompts page. Just follow the directions below. But remember:
Everyone who visits the site is encouraged to offer opinions. You may or may not agree with what others say about your writing and that’s okay. Some people may love what you’ve written; others may not. That’s okay too. We’re all different and we all like different things.
How to Post What You’ve Written
- Use a word processing program so you can save as you type. (If you type your work here on the site, you’ll have to finish all at once – there’s no way to save as you go.)
- Include a title – that’s how you (and others) will find your work once it’s posted.
- After you’ve finished typing, hit “select all” (or hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and press the “a” key).
- Select “copy” (or hold down the CTRL key and press “c”).
- Place your cursor in the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page (or at the bottom of the practice page if you’re posting an activity or the bottom of the Story Prompts page if you’re sharing a story idea).
- Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and press the “v” key. Your work should appear in the box. If it doesn’t, go back to your word processor and try again.
- Type your first name in the “Name” box. If you don’t want to share your name, leave the box empty or make up a user name. Leave the “Email” and “Website” boxes empty, especially if you’re younger than 14.
- Hit the “Post Comment” button. When you see “your comment is awaiting moderation,” this means your work is on its way to me and I’ll take it from there.
You’ll see your title under Your Writing (which is over there on the right – keep scrolling down!) as soon as I add your work to the site. It will be listed alphabetically. It may take a day or two. Please be patient.
Please, please, please save a copy of everything you send. I can’t guarantee the safe arrival of your work. Also, most work will be removed during the summer to allow for a fresh start at the beginning of each school year.
How to Request Reader Polls
If you’d like readers to answer a specific question about your writing or submission, such as: “Who’s your favorite character?” or “Which fact did you find most interesting?” you can request a reader poll which I’ll add at the end of your submission.
Note: Since you create the question and the answer choices, this is an excellent way for you to find out how readers feel about your submission and/or writing style.
To request a poll, write “FOR POLL” at the end of your submission, then include one specific question and several possible answers (three to five choices are ideal) for readers to choose from. Once your poll is created, you can see how readers are responding by selecting “View Results” at the bottom of your poll.
You can comment on any title under Your Writing by typing directly into the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of that page. If your comment is long, you may want to use a word processor then copy and paste your work into the box.
When offering your opinion, be honest and open but above all, be kind. We’re here to help and support each other. List the things you like first and tell the writer why you liked those things. Your positive comments will make the writer more open to any advice you offer. If there is something you think could be improved, be specific and offer suggestions. Constructive criticism is encouraged; general negativity isn’t. Insulting comments will not be posted. We all get enough of that from Ms. Kantduitt!
Come back often to share your opinions or suggestions on others’ work. It’s only fair. Besides, noticing what works or doesn’t work for someone else will improve your writing.