The chances are you’ve
attended a course or workshop by Robin and asked how to carry on
with the inspiration and the company. The COW Café was
mentioned. Or perhaps you are a friend of an existing member,
or a student of one of our teaching members. Well, whichever it
is, you are very welcome.
You are a writer. That’s
why you’re here. You enjoy writing (mostly). Perhaps you feel
that you have something to learn. Perhaps you don’t. Most
writers learn all the time, every day. Sometimes that’s through
the act of writing. Sometimes we learn from others. And
sometimes the clouds part, the heavens open, a chorus of Muses
appears in the sky and knowledge is handed to us in a golden
vial. But let’s not get too metaphysical here. One of our
teaching members says he learns most about writing from his
students. Somehow, sharing is learning. But perhaps we’re
getting metaphysical again. There’s a simple principle, though,
that the company of our fellow writers helps. It provides
knowledge and gives us a chance to share ours. It offers
support, consolation and encouragement. It can provoke and
enthuse us. It can get us to stop fussing, sit down and write
So what now?
Of course you can explore
the open parts of the site. You can check out the Academy, book
a course and get some professional feedback. You can also look
into the sort of things some of our members are up to in The
Gallery. If you wish to join, you’ll have to send us an email
letting us know how you qualify. Details are in the
Registration section. Essentially, you must have attended a
lecture, talk, course or workshop by Robin or have been invited
by an existing member. All membership is subject to approval.
And that’s it. If you do
join, feel free to dip in, add threads, comment on existing
threads, share work, look out for industry opportunities and, if
you need intensive help, get in touch with a professional reader
or find a writing buddy. The site, in the end, will be what you
make of it. Good luck with the writing and enjoy.
How to Register on
Joining the community is
simple enough (you'll be glad to hear).
In the first instance,
we'll need an email from you saying who you are and how you know
about COW. You might have already sent this, but if not, just
Charlotte. Mention who invited you or
which course, workshop or lecture given by Robin (or one of our
teaching members) you attended and when.
Then click on the
Register button which you'll see in
the top menu bar. You will be asked for various bits of
information (your age is a legal requirement). Don't worry, this
won't be publicly available. You will set your username and
password, fill in the anti-spam box, agree to the terms, and
that's it for the moment. You will receive an email shortly
thereafter confirming membership and asking for verification.
It's simpler than it sounds!
If you don't hear back
within three days then send us another email. Something must
have got lost in the ether.
Here are some formal
notes: These accounts are only for your personal use, anyone
distributing their account details will be removed from the
community and the account blocked.
Please be aware that by
registering you are agreeing to the forum's Terms of Service -
this is view-able by clicking the 'register' link on the forum
and scrolling down.
You are also agreeing to
the COW community code - support, inspire, create!
We look forward to hearing
The C.O.W. Team
Who's who? or ermm whom?
Admin - THE BIG BOSS, this
is just our main login for when things go horribly wrong and
will not be an interactive member of the community. If you have
any problems please contact one of the moderators or the website
directly. Messages to this account will not be monitored.
Adhesiveduck - A.K.A.
Charlotte, currently chief moderator and a scriptwriter in
Robin - Website founder,
screen writer, radio dramatist and occasional teacher.