The forums hosted here are meant to help writers and editors become better at their craft and at the business of writing and/or editing.

To avoid the malice and uncharitableness that often accompany anonymous forums, everyone posting must register and use their real names.

To register, please send an email to requesting forum access. I will need your full name and the email address you would like to use for password recovery, etc.

Some of the forums are meant for students in various classes that I offer, and these have restricted access. Everything else is open and public. Do be aware of that as you post.

I ask that you not copy and post anything from the forums, unless it is your own post (to which you retain the copyright). Please do not discuss what happens on these forums elsewhere; if you have a problem or concern, please talk to me ( and we’ll sort it out. I have many years’ experience sorting things out and am fairly good at it.

I expect everyone to use diplomacy and tact when responding to each other. I prefer for posts to focus on the craft and business of writing and editing. Please avoid off-topic posts.

Failure to abide by these rules will result in a stern talking-to and possible banishment.

This is meant to be a welcoming and tolerant community for people of all backgrounds and abilities wherever they are in their careers.

We do not tolerate Nazis or haters. I am usually a fluffy bunny rabbit with a heart full of kindness and love but I will ban anyone who posts offensive views, whether misogynistic, racist, ableist, or otherwise awful.