Online Chatroom Flash-Writing Workshops (FREE!)

Every other Wednesday, 9:00- 10:30 PM EST (Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 9, 23, Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18, etc)
We are now meeting in Slack. If you would like to be added to our Slack channel, send us an email at any time at


–To talk about your writing, other people’s writing, or writing in general (with an emphasis on the short kind of writing)

  • Bring a piece of flash fiction/non-fiction or a short poem (<150 words)
  • Be prepared to share this piece with the chatroom
  • Be prepared to comment on other peoples’ work with charity, clarity, positivity, and enthusiasm
  • Bring questions about writing, the writing process, publication, or whatever else you can think of . . .

We can’t tell you who exactly will show up on a given night, but we will be careful to not let discussions get out of hand (i.e. unhelpfully negative).  We can also tell you that we, Dorian Geisler and Amanda Vacharat, the editors of HOOT, will definitely be there, ready to hang out and give you feedback on your writing.


Pen Pal Workshops

We are soon going to launch a Postcard Poem/Art Penpal Program! (probably more of an exchange than a workshop) But first, we need to figure out how it works.

We have just launched our pilot test group. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or you would like to be noticed when/if our actual project launches, send an ol’ emailio over to Joseph at .


Really Pretty Super-Intense, Albeit Actually Very Helpful . . .Workshops

Maybe coming soon, maybe not.

Who knows?

15 Responses to “Workshops”
  1. Capri says:

    Dear Folks,
    Love the postcards, love the website and the energy.

    Two questions:

    I’d like to submit and I’m unsure when to do so — any time in the month? At the beginning of the month?

    I’m really interested in the online workshops — but pardon — I use adaptive equipment and I’m unsure how a chatroom works. It’s immediate? I can read other people’s submissions and see your comments? Please edify.

    Thanks for your work. I’m spreading the word. Warm wishes, C

    • admin says:

      Hi, Capri–

      1. Yes, submit any time during the month. Our submissions are rolling…we read them and accept them as needed.

      2. Yes! A chatroom is immediate. You’d need internet access (which I’m assuming you have, based on this comment) and an email address– you can type to other people in the chatroom real-time, and we email out the work that we’re reading. Let us know if that’s not clear…we can try to accommodate you no matter what…

      Hope to either read your submissions or see you in our workshop soon!

      • Z says:

        Actually,maybe I am just having problems but it isn’t immediate for me. I’m redirected to download (buy) a program/ sign up. Maybe I actually just need to sign up because I can come back and see the chat page,albeit with no chat at the right time. I will try but then I give up.

        • admin says:

          Hi Z, that sounds frustrating. On the chat page, you can choose to be “Guest”, and then you don’t have to sign up for anything! You shouldn’t have to buy anything, ever.

  2. Chris says:

    Can’t wait to hear more about the mixed-media postcard exchange! How are those logistics coming. 🙂

  3. Natalie says:

    Hi guys,
    What is the story with the Pen Pal exchange,I’m a HOOT enthusiast from outside the United States(Portugal) and it all sounds really intriguing.


  4. Looking forward to attending one of the upcoming online chatroom workshps. Also very interested in the pen pal workshops. Talk soon!

  5. Mandy says:

    Can I be in the workshop and use the piece I sent to Hoot two months ago?

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