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    1. Here's the spot to introduce yourself. C'mon in and say hi!

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    2. A gathering place for members from around the world.

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    3. Official announcements regarding the Water Cooler, including upgrades, changes and general bacchanalia.

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    4. All that stuff you're wondering about? The answer is probably here.

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    6. Guidelines, scheduled events, suggestions, and feedback regarding the AW IRC chat room

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    7. For active community members to post press releases, events, and marketing announcements publicizing their work.
      Don't spam us. We can tell the difference.

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    9. A place to check in, post an update about your other regular internet haunts, or set up a temporary refugee camp during outages elsewhere. No talking smack about other message boards or moderators, though, 'kay?

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    10. The Library lists AW members' publications. There's a 50 post minimum before you can list a publication. Please visit AW Library Helpdesk for posting guidelines.

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    11. There's the AW Contests and Projects Room for genre-bending, board-wide, AW contests and projects, and Writing Contests, ElseWeb for external, unaffiliated posts and links to writing contests elsewhere.

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  2. The Break Room Threads / Posts  Last Post

    1. Writers goofing-off, making friends, and getting to know the community

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    2. Discuss your writing goals and how you're reaching them.

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    3. Where flame wars and thread collapses get booted and buried.

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    4. Tales of woe and methods for dealing with rejection.

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  3. General Writing Interest Threads / Posts  Last Post

    1. Writer's block is a reality for many writers. This is a place to discuss methods of coping with writer's block. It's not a place to debate the existence of writer's block.

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    4. Just what it sounds like - for those committed W1/S1 writers: Here's a place to spread your wings. Whether it's a novel a year or a flash piece a day - write one, sub one.

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    11. Blogging, social networks, and paid content writing.

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  4. Discussion Threads / Posts  Last Post

    1. Here's where to check in and share about publishers, agents, and producers.

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    2. Honing our craft and sharing what we've learned.

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  5. Publishing Threads / Posts  Last Post

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    2. Our guest literary agents answer your questions.

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    4. Informed choices. Hard truths. No us-vs-them.

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    6. Publishing trends, royalties, contracts, finding a publisher—the business side of writing.

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  6. Freelance & Work for Hire Threads / Posts  Last Post

    1. Writing for magazines, e-zines, and newspapers

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    2. Writers, swap market info here-- guidelines, contact info, publishing news and changes.

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    3. Editors, please post paying opportunities for writers here. Please include the pay rate inside [ ] in the thread title

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    4. Editors, nonpaying markets belong here.

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  7. Writing Genre Threads / Posts  Last Post

    1. Writing across the genre boundaries

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    5. (See this board for sub-genres.)

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  8. Pop Culture Threads / Posts  Last Post

    Movies, music, politics, art, and all that cool stuff we want to write, read, and just can't help talking about.

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    3. Talk about that book you just couldn't put down.

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    5. Writing about recipes, restaurants, reviewing, and food in general. Harriet Van Horne said, "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

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    6. For crafters, artists, photographers, wood-workers, basket-weavers...and for writing about what we love to do.

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    7. Games, Gaming, Writing for Games

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    8. Writing about or writing from non-heteronormative perspectives, situations, and characters

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    9. PoC

      Writing perspectives, situations and characters by and about People of Color. Discussions focussing on race/cultural-concerns, topical news items, and other miscellany may also occur at random.

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    11. Writing for public address.

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  9. AW Writing Lab Threads / Posts  Last Post

    Roll up your sleeves, put in your BIC time, and write! Posting and critting, here.

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    5. NaNo 2016! Are you game to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30? Are you motivated? Are you crazy? Go for it, and find lots of support and commiseration from similarly obsessed writers.

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    6. Interested in writing, critiquing and selling stories that are 1000 words or fewer? This is the forum for you!

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    7. Post one for everyone to try, or come to participate!

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