I Don’t Get It. What Exactly Do You Do Here?

By Kayla Griffith

What is it, exactly, that we do on this website? The obvious answer is we help authors polish their manuscripts and become better writers. You can see that on every one of our pages and posts.

But let me tell you what you can’t see on our website.

You can’t see authors become more self-assured and hone their craft as they use our writing prompts. You can’t see a manuscript being worked on in a Workshop as multiple readers and editors help make it the best it can be. You can’t see groups of writers meeting with a reader and a moderator in Collectives as they critique each other’s work and form a support system. Most importantly, you can’t see the incredible progress and change that is occurring in seven separate manuscripts right now.

I wish you could.

I would love to show you what’s happening to my novel.

Yep, I’m in a Collective, and it’s killing me in a good way. My messy lump of words is being re-built into a story I love. It’s a painful and frustrating process, but it’s also amazing. I wish I could show you all the things I’ve learned in the Collectives and Workshops and tell you about all the wonderful writers I’ve met, but I can’t.

All I can show you is this boring website and tell you about a few of the authors it has helped.

Here is a sample of a few of the novels that have emerged from our Collectives and Workshops:

Rebecca Grace Allen, His Contract
Ann Bracken, Independent Heart and The Ropes, The Montrose Series, Book One
Kayla Griffith, The Pineview Incident
Helena Hunting, The Librarian Principle
Helena Hunting, Clipped Wings and Inked Armor
Annalyse Knight, Ready to Love Again
Kali Rodgers, Invisible Touch
Kristina Sanchez, Finding Purgatory
Mary Whitney, A Political Affair
Savannah Yarbrough, Starting Over, first book in the Shephard Series

So, what does the website  do? It helps authors. Authors like you. Behind the clean white front page are a dozen or more volunteers waiting to help make you a better writer. Behind the kitten-less text are critiques of your work that will make you cry in agony and shout in triumph. Inside our website are groups of writers just like you who want to share their time with you.

And to get to the vibrant, moving part of the website, all you have to do is click. Apply for a Collective or perhaps a Workshop. Let us know you’re there and want to become a better writer, or you need make your manuscript all it can be.

It’s what this website does, and we’d love for you to join us.

You can find more information about our programs to the right or by clicking on the following links:

The Workshops

The Collectives

Have more questions? Send us an message or tweet us at @thewriterscltve.


Kayla Griffith is an artist, a writer, a teacher, a voracious reader, a mother of six, and a blissfully happy wife. Hate her already? Don’t; her blog “The Comfort of Chaos” will make you laugh out loud.

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