Saturday, May 5, 2012


Dear Lords and Ladies of the QWERTY court,

As of May 8th, the Knights of QWERTY monthly writing club shall commence. As of 2 PM of this date, all members will be sent the prompt. The prompt will also be posted in our facebook group and on the blog. 

The prompt will either be a short premise, a theme, an idea, a setting, an image, a quotation, and/or video. As soon as you get the prompt you will have 2-3 weeks until the deadline to work on your prompt piece. The prompt piece can be anything, including but not limited to: poetry, lyrics, flash fiction, a short story, a chapter, a screenplay, a script, etc. The work can be genre, non-genre, fiction, non-fiction, etc. All prompt pieces should be sent to my e-mail address at

Then, there were will be 1-2 weeks from the deadline to the next prompt. During that time, I will send the prompt pieces out to the other members of the Knights of QWERTY. They will then be expected to send some form of reply to you, from a written letter critique to short impressions. If you want something in particular, specify when you send me the prompt piece.

There are only three simple guidelines in the Knights of QWERTY, applying to both writing and replying:

1. Be creative and constructive.
2. Be considerate and courteous.
3. Be sincere and civil.

If you have any problems or feel harassed, make sure to contact me immediately via private means and I will do what I can. We're all adults and I expect you to treat each other with the same modicum or respect that you should expect from others. 

As part of a writer's workshop, even via e-mail, I hope that we can understand that we're all bearing some small part of our souls in our work and, in our replies, be civil. Yet, in the work we must strive to give our all and attempt not to push vulgarity in such a way that, rather than intrigue other readers, will repulse them. 

I pray were never reach a point of intervention, but I am prepared.

Above all else, I hope that this experience is something that we will all be happy and proud to be a part of.

And remember, ""Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." -Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

Thank you,                    
Sean Barnes

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