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Coffee & Corks
cenowar wrote in coffeeandcorks
Dear writer,

Welcome to coffeeandcorks!

I'm sure you know what it's like. Sometimes, you just want to get away from the world for a while and write to your heart's content. That's what Coffee & Corks is all about - a safe haven for your characters, ideas, arcs, problems... anything else you might encounter in the world of writing.



About Us

(What we do!)
The great thing about us is that we welcome almost anything. Fanfiction, original fiction, poetry - the lot! Once a member, you are able to post your work here whenever you like, as well as post ideas or prompts for other members of the community that they can refer to if they need help. You can post whatever you like, whenever you like; as long as your submission is about writing in one form or another, seeing it here is what we love.

There are daily challenges, weekly questions, handy writing tools, a steadfast community, reviews, advice, guidelines... anything you could possibly want or need when creating and refining your masterpiece work.

Please note: The only exception to the above is that this Community is not for the posting of completed fanfiction. There are several other fandom communities out there for completed works. You are of course still welcome to post fanfic problems, excerpts, advice quieries, etc. here - particularly if they include original characters.




Membership

(What joining us means for you!)
You are free to watch the community at any point, as well as engage in discussion/challenges/etc via the comments, or even review someone's work. However, membership (and posting access) is limited. There is a community feel here that we would like to maintain, and that can get difficult with people floating in and out and leaving inactive accounts by the wayside.

Once you can post, you are free to post you entries as "members-only" - although please bear in mind, we actively encourage the majority of our posts to be public, as it encourages those watching to interact and become part of us.

Please don't take the membership thing personally - even if you've only commented a couple of times, you're likely to get membership. It's just an easy way for the community to keep its authentic feel. Honestly, we welcome everybody :)

New Members

(What to do if you've just joined us)
Hello! *waves* It's great to have you, thank you so much for wishing to be a part of this lovely community. If you'd like to click here, we will escort you to the new members' thread. You can introduce yourself there, tell us a little about yourself, your writing, and also any other interests you may have. It's essentially our own friending meme, so you're bound to make more friends. We look forward to seeing you there!



FAQs

(Questions you may want to see answered)
We will be the first to admit that as of writing, none of these questions have actually been asked (yet). But they may do, and it would be worth your while to know they are here - so please read on! :) They can also be found on our profile page, for those who are savvy enough to notice.

  • So who are you guys?
    Well, we're coffeeandcorks! Okay, that's a cheap answer. We're a writing community that wants to put that community feel back into livejournal. We offer something a little extra special that we didn't find anywhere else in the livejournal writing world.


  • Where does the name come from?
    The founder, cenowar, used to go to a wonderful little coffee shop in her local town. It was very bohemian, very relaxed. It sold unique and affordable tea, coffee, milkshake and the like. The sofas (and only sofas, no chairs) were all comfortable with pretty covers and cushions. The ceiling was plastered with written testimonials that customers had given them, old photographs, random book pages, and more. There were unlined notebooks on every table for customers to doodle in, write messages, jot down thoughts - these were then left for other people to flick through or add to as they chose. The staff were friendly, knew you by name. In the evening the beverages became alcoholic and local musicians would come in to play the fiddle, or sing, or rap against the backdrop of a violin (seriously). She once witnessed a man dressed as a viking reciting poetry. It was a wonderful place. She used to spend hours in there, writing, dreaming. Then, one day, a long time ago, it closed. It is now a stark vegetarian restaurant which, while nice, is not quite the same. That place was Coffee & Corks. And it's the inspiration behind what you see here today.


  • What kinds of writing do you accept?
    More or less everything! Fiction, original fiction, fanfiction, poetry, non-fiction, essay drafts - whatever you are working on that you would like some feedback or help on is welcome. Fiction will be what is most commonly found around here, and our main aim is to achieve an active original fiction community - however, for now, any and all are welcome :)


  • What can I expect from this community?
    While it's easier to convince you with actions rather than with words, you can find here a safe haven for you and your writing. Having trouble with a character? Talk to us about it. Is a scene you've planned not quite going how it should? Tell us! Do you need more inspiration? We have daily/weekly devices in line to help you on your way. You can generally expect support, help, and constructive criticism as and when you need it.


  • Why are you members only?
    It's less members only and more active members only - you can watch and browse and reply to public threads as much as you like! The reason there's an added 'members' bit is because some people like going the extra mile - they want to interact, make friends, review others' work as well as get feedback on their own. And those are the people who will find the happiest home among us.


  • How do I become a member?
    Same as any other LJ community - just click "Join" in the top right hand of the profile page. The only reason you will be rejected is if you haven't made a single comment on any of the threads and we don't recognise you - otherwise, you're good to go!


  • What can I expect from membership?
    You will be able to post your own works and gain feedback on it. You will be able to see any locked entries in the community (some members may feel they do not want to push their work out for entirely public vision). You will be able to make suggestions to the site, post up your own ideas/inspiration notes/queries/questions. You'll get your own author-tag. You'll be able to participate in the Friendship Meme, and have a direct say in any writing competitions we may run (via polls mostly) - and loads of things, too!


  • I'm not a writer, can I still join?
    Many people who watch our community won't be authors. They'll either just enjoy good reading, or they'll be avid reviewers, or they might be thinking about starting to get into the world of writing but aren't sure how. The easy answer is yes, you can. However, posting is limited to authors rather than reviewers or readers - nonetheless, you'll still get most of the added benefits of being a member. And if you are a dedicated and proficient reviewer - you will probably get an award for all your hard work! ;)


Miscellanous

(Final Hellos)
The links in the sidebar will hopefully be a great place to start, or you can start browsing and submitting straight away!

That should be everything, but you can always contact us at our Page-a-Mod service should you need to make contact.

With love,


CREDIT

Layout By gawariel_design
Profile by noisz
Tweaks by cenowar
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