Please note that this site is an attempt to build a meaningful conversation about effectively writing environmental literature in fiction, poetry, prose, and nonfiction. There are no rigid narratives, though of course discussing theory is great (i.e. Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”). Eco-writers does not have to be a critique exchange (but can be that too, if you want it to be). This space will evolve organically depending on its participants. Please be sure to follow these guidelines when submitting your work for review:

  • Writers may contribute draft excerpts that have not yet been published (or are being reworked) and must be the author’s own work. For sharing excerpts of published work, please submit to the Dragonfly Library instead.
  • Writers may also submit tips and author reference articles.
  • Writing must be maximally 10K words and may be fiction (short stories, novel excerpts, novella excerpts, graphic novels), nonfiction (essays, articles, journalism about eco-literature), poetry/prose and even just ideas–sentences, fragments, plots, random thoughts. You may also submit writing tips, reviews of other environmental authors’ styles, or anything else you think would be helpful to writers in this field of literature.
  • Plagiarism of images and/or written material is not allowed.
  • Graphics and texts must be work-safe.
  • All pieces should be well-written, grammatically sound, and interesting.
  • The natural world must be central to the story or article.
  • A copyright notice is given for each piece, but and its owner, Mary Woodbury, are not responsible for copyrights being upheld.
  • Good storytelling is not preachy or didactic. It does not simply do lip service to real problems. It does not involve propaganda.
  • Stories promoting climate change denialism, conspiracy theories, and pseudo-science do not fit within the scope of this workshop.

Please follow these guidelines when commenting with critiques and suggestions:

  • The world of internet commenting these days seems to be rife with hatred, disrespect, and anger; while we don’t expect sugar-coating, please be civil and constructive when commenting. It’s helpful for authors, also, to have sort of a thick skin and realize that reviewers are just trying to help. Personal attacks will not be allowed.
  • Climate change debate is not allowed.
  • Genre territorialsm/tribalism is not allowed. No coercing others to accept your branding of their work. This is antithetical to why we are writing about our planet.

And here are some guidelines and help for using Author Chat & Quick News:

  • Author Chat is available only to registered users who are logged in as contributors. See our how-to guide if you need more information.
  • I am not going to moderate discussion unless things get heated, and I don’t think they will. The number one rule here is to be excellent to one another. I think most of us are kind, laid-back people who really don’t want to be exposed to drama when we’re just trying to get to know others and have fun. Absolutely no harassment, genre tribalism and exclusion, bullying, gossiping about others, or anything. We’re not five. Obviously such things as racism and exclusionary conversation will not be tolerated. Such users will be banned from chat. If you experience harassment, just let me know.
  • This is a chat for authors who write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and prose dealing with nature and the environment. Tangent subjects are okay, but we should ideally remember the topic of chat. I like the idea, however, of brainstorming and just talking about whatever comes next in our heads.
  • This is an informal, casual place where we want to be excellent to one another. Take off your suit at the door and come on in. All authors are welcome, and I want to make everyone feel comfortable and included.
  • This chat is always open to anyone who wants to join it, but unless you plan to be here with someone else, it is likely to be pretty empty except during planned events. These will be announced here and on social media.
  • Check the chat at other times for shout-outs and quick news from the administrator.
  • Messages are saved temporarily but will be cleaned out for space reasons later.
  • Please respect others’ privacy here. Anyone is free to be as open about themselves as they want, but just the same, we will allow for whatever public name the user wants to use, which may hide their real identity. Internet harassment is real, and we are going to offer a safe space in the Author Chat. Gather trust in people before giving out your email or phone number or other contact information. Please read our Privacy Statement.
  • If you want to change your identity from your log-in name: Select “Users” in the Dashboard and then “Your Profile”. Your username cannot be changed, but you can type anything as your nickname or as your first/last name. From the “Display name publicly¬† as” drop-down, choose your nickname, username, or first/last name (which populate the list by default) as your publicly displayed name. Note that if you update this name later, it will historically change on your posted content at the site and in chat.
  • Please do not impersonate anyone else.
  • This site is mostly for adults, but all ages are welcome. Images or conversations that are not work safe or depict illegal content are not allowed.
  • The chat windows have a limit of 400 characters per entry. Clicking Enter usually submits your chat, but if you need to write more than one line, you can use Shift+Enter as you’re starting a new line. How data is entered depends on the platform. You may also use the “Submit” button in the chat.