This week I received an email from a couple of Melbourne-based writers who have set up a website collabant.com to help writers find a writing partner.
In short, our project is to match-up fiction writers with other fiction writers in order to workshop, critique, and collaborate on their fiction. Since you run a writing group, I thought it would be perfect for those who either can’t make it to all of your meetings or want to connect with more writers one-on-one.
Michael went on to say:
We’re trying to connect a large community and need all the help we can get…
Here’s how it works:
You visit the website and through a short survey give information about your writing habits and preferences. They’ll find and send you a writing partner on the first of every month based on your answers.
It’s 100% free, there’s no long-term commitment, and all writers are welcome.
The beauty of being online is there are no borders or timetables, and you can connect with whoever you like when you like. I suppose if your writing tastes and needs change you can redo the survey.
Below are the questions in the survey. How you answer determines the type of writing partner allocated.
- What are your name and email address?
- What genre do you primarily write?
- Who is your primary audience (highbrow, entertainment, or young adult)?
- Which level best describes your writing experience (advanced, intermediate, beginner)?
- Do you like to receive sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
- Do you like to give sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
- How much time per week can you spend collaborating?
- How did you hear about us?
What else do they offer?
Joining Collabant not only gives you one custom-picked writing partner per month, but they also send special offers to your inbox, inform you about contests and send articles about writing.
The best part? It’s 100% free.
They emphasise their difference:
Search the entire internet, we’re the only service that finds writing partners for you. Instead of going to a pool of writers and trying to find a partner yourself, we pick one writer from the pool based on your attributes and send you their information. It’s like the difference between going to a bar versus having a friend set you up on a date…. only without the romance.
For any writer, feeling isolated or wanting a change from their current group, or someone just starting out and feeling a bit lonely this new website may be right for you.
Good luck and please leave feedback because sharing your experience will help others.