Want to become a Saint Paul Almanac Community Editor?
The 2016 Almanac project begins on Feb 2, 2015. This will be our tenth book, and we are planning a special retrospective edition. The community editor group is now selected and closed for the 2016 Almanac. You may apply to be a 2017 Almanac community editor.
Community editor requirements: A love for writing and reading. Potential community editors must submit a short application (see Participate). Each community editor must commit to reading at least two previous Saint Paul Almanacs. Persons age 15 or older are welcome to participate.
During the course of 12 weekly Monday meetings community editors/apprentice editors will:
- Learn how to gather poems and stories from
- Develop a system for compiling and editing an anthology
- Determine collectively what goes into the Saint Paul Almanac, based on criteria of quality and inclusiveness
- Learn how to "build a manuscript"
- Learn the steps in publishing a book
- Improve their own writing and editing through workshop sessions with professional writers
- Build confidence and trust in their abilities through participating in the community editor process
- Develop relationships with professional writers that may not have occurred in other contexts
Specific strategies of the community editor apprenticeship project:
- Five established diverse writers work as community editors.
- The writing workshop method is the same process universities use to strengthen writers’ and editors’ skills—critiquing other peoples’ writing in a group environment and defending your analysis enhances your own writing and editing abilities.
Before each workshop, editors rate each writing piece on a rating sheet with a comment and a number, "1" being a low rating and "4" being highest. At the meeting editors give their rating and analysis to support it. The numbers for each piece are added up and averaged. At the last few meetings, the top-rated pieces are reviewed one more time. As a result of the workshop process, new community editors’ concepts of quality and inclusivity are refined. Apprentices often re-rate work that early on in the process they rated differently.
We will have approximately 22 community editors each year—5 professional editors/writers as community editors, 13 returning community editors, and 9 new community editors. Since there is much to learn, the opportunity to repeat the process is helpful.
Our goal is for more people of diverse backgrounds to be actively participating in literary arts activities in Saint Paul.