Writer's Workshop


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”). This workshop 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:

  • 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.
  • Writings must be previously unpublished unless you are rewriting and the publisher gives permission (or your book is out of print). Interested in sharing samples of your already published environmental work? Head on over to the Dragonfly Library.
  • All pieces should be well-written, grammatically sound, and interesting.
  • The natural world must be central to the story or article.
  • Please keep an open mind about genre labels. Not any one genre in literature, especially in fiction, is the only one to cover environmental issues, and to promote it as such is not allowed.
  • A copyright notice is given for each piece, but Dragonfly.eco 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.