Discussion schedule

by Jacqueline Windh

Writers Discuss is a forum for writers to talk about both the artistic and business sides of being a professional writer. For more information about this site, please see the ABOUT page.

Discussions begin on the dates indicated, and are open for one month.


August 15th, 2011: Google plus for writers: Are you using it? How does it compare to Facebook? What do you think about issues of: putting all of your social media eggs in one basket via Google; privacy issues; issues of ownership of content that creators post?

September 1st, 2011: Fact and fiction in creative non-fiction. How much must we stick to the facts when we write creative non-fiction? It is OK to create composite characters, or change the order of events, or pretend certain people were not there? Is there such thing as writing fact at all, when our “facts” are based only upon memory – which we all know is fallible?

September 15th, 2011: To go with a publisher, or to go it independently? The publishing world has turned on its  head these last two years. Lower printing costs, easier online distribution of print books, and the proliferation of ebooks all make it easier for authors to by-pass the publishing houses. But should we? What are the pros and cons of each system? Hopefully writers with personal experience in both camps will chime in on how it worked for them, what are both the advantages and disadvantages of each.

October 1st, 2011: TBD

What topics would you like to see discussed? We cover topics that relate to both the artistic side and the business side of writing. Please post your suggestions as comments below. If possible, please also post links to relevant articles or blog posts that will provide some background to the discussion.