brni (brni) wrote,

a proposal

I am considering the idea of starting up a "Virtual Panel" - once a week or once every two weeks, depending on how life treats me. This would be modeled vaguely on a convention panel - roughly 3-5 participants and a topic/question. Participants would be writers, editors and publishers, and would vary over time and context (i.e. a writer of historical mysteries would not be on a "how to write a properly terrifying bug-eyed monster" panel).

It would be structured to be two rounds.

First round, people would write 1 (or 2 at the most) paragraphs about the topic. I'd compile this into a blog post. We'd all mention it around in our respective realms to get eyeballs.

The entry would be open to comment by LJ subscribers and moderated comment for those without LJ accounts.

The following day (we'd need to establish some reasonable deadline), each participant would read through the other participant's statements and whatever comments exist and give me a followup statement, which can be a response to other participants or comments or further exposition on what they'd been talking about. I'd compile and post.

There'd be no commitment to participate regularly, or even ever again if you decide you don't like it. All I'd ask is a commitment that if you participate in round 1 you also participate in round 2.

Each participant would have a short (1 sentence) bio and a link to their blog or web page.

I wanted to open this up here first, and then expand the invitations over time. If you are a writer, editor or publisher and would be interested in participating, let me know here or via email to brni at kappamaki dotte com.
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