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TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Second (and last!) Reminder Thread.

TORn Amateur Symposium
Bree


Oct 20 2013, 10:52am

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This is the second, and last, reminder thread for essays to be submitted by Sunday 3rd November 2013. Since we're all spread across different timezones, there is no specific time for submission and we will be flexible.

After the closing date, there is a one week reviewing period. During this time, we'll contact all authors that have submitted making sure any edits that are required are complete. We don't want to leave anyone behind, and thus *will* accept late submissions if you get in touch with us ASAP, but would obviously prefer if people could submit on time. Anything after Saturday 9th November will, unfortunately, not be accepted for this TAS. Authors will be able to check/edit their essays at anytime (again before 9th November), and we will send them a link to their essay as well.

You do not have to have "signed-up" already to be able to write for TAS - just let us know if you would like to write an essay for us! And of course, if you cannot submit in time, do not worry, we are planning another Symposium mid-2014 and you can always submit your work to that Symposium.

Here is a reminder what TAS is about, how to submit, and all the important dates:
Overview:
TORn Amateur Symposium is an opportunity for us to share our written ideas on Tolkien-related subjects, in a more detailed way than the usual posts on the boards.

Some general categories to consider writing topics within are:
- Flora/Fauna of Middle Earth
- Art, Literature and Philosophy
- Natural Science, Geology and Weather
- Peoples and Cultures of Middle Earth.
These are just some suggestions based on the last symposium. But remember, your ideas are limitless! Geography, history, ethnology, linguistics, botany, mythology and onomastics ... if you can write an essay about it, we'd love to read it!

Below is our proposed schedule for the TAS2:
Submission and deadline dates:
Sunday 20th October - Second reminder thread (that's this one!)
This is the last reminder thread and not the closing date. Between this thread and the first reminder thread, we would like to confirm with you your proposed topic and possible title (via PM). These will all be included in this thread. People are welcome to express interest all the way up until the closing date.
Sunday 03rd November – Submission closes thread
By this date, all submissions will have been sent to us (see “How To Submit Work”). Another summary of all the entries (and provisional dates) will also be posted.
Saturday 09th November - Anything after this date will, unfortunately, not be accepted.
The week period between this allows us to check all submissions, order all essays into appropriate sessions, and allow for last minute editing. If you are unable to submit before then, not to worry, there is always the next TAS (March/April time). We will accept late submissions, but only if you let us know ASAP.
Sunday 10th November - First TAS threads
All those hours of hard work from everyone will be presented on this date, and the following days!
TBC November - Feedback thread

As part of the symposium structure, we are always interested in ideas on what can (or should) be done, and what may or may not have worked. Feel free to tell us what you thought about the structure of the symposium, and any problems you experienced through this process. We will also tell you about the next TAS and provisional dates. The date for the feedback thread will be confirmed once we know how we are going to stagger each of the essays.

Some Guidelines for the TORn Amateur Symposium:
We're not looking for flawlessly polished, professionally cited work. This is for fun and enjoyment, and to share our common love of the JRR Tolkien universe: thus the title! We would like to see your original ideas, which tie in somehow to the works of Tolkien; they can be written from an academic, opinion or real-world perspective. Citations and references, although not required, may be helpful at times to readers, and feel free to use them as appropriate to support your writing. Discussion of the work is most heartily encouraged, keeping in mind both the "by the fans, for the fans" nature of the creations, as well as the dual spirit of fun and inquiry which we would like to promote in this Symposium series. We expect to have a Symposium 3-4 times annually. So if you miss a date, don't worry overmuch; you can always submit at the next round.

We have great regard for the creativity of our members, and very much look forward to reading your thoughts, TORn brethren!

Some changes from the last symposium:
The first TAS had a a word limit of 2,000 words for each essay. For this TAS, we have removed the limit altogether. As a result, your piece can be as short or as long as you like. However, we do recommend not writing too excessively, due to the short time-frame of TAS, and the limited time of potential readers and responders to your essay. We think a word count of 2,000 - 3,000 is a good length.

We have also altered the way in which essays will be posted when the Symposium officially starts. Previously, essays were grouped into similar categories, and a new session was posted each day. From the feedback thread, it was suggested that too many essays were posted too often. So we will confirm when (and how often) essays will be posted, once all the authors have submitted their work. Depending on the number of essays, we will stagger them over a 1-2 week period.

We would also like all authors to submit a short (100-300 words) abstract of their essay. This is simply to provide an overview of your essay to potential readers. Keeping in mind of the guidelines above, this only has to be very short. These will be posted in the session thread with the link to your essay. An abstract might cover: what you are writing about, why you are writing about it, what evidence/details/points you make, and what conclusions you come to.

We will happily answer any questions you might have about these changes. Feel free to ask!

How To Submit Work:

It starts with an idea (doesn't it always!) You can describe your idea in the Call for Submissions thread (that's this one!). Feel free to PM DanielLB or Brethil with any questions or concerns that you may have. We ask that all essays are submitted by Sunday 03rd November. Of course earlier submission is fine, feel free to submit your piece when you feel it is ready. And if Real Life interferes, just let us know - expressing interest isn't a commitment, and if you need to, you can post in the next Symposium - or just read along with us!

Please submit your pieces via the TAS email address, which is tornamateursymposium@gmail.com. If possible, submit your pieces as Word or other document format attached to your email, rather than in the body of the email. If possible, please submit your abstract within the body of the email. Brethil, DanielLB and elaen32 all have access to the email account and to the TAS account and will be reading and responding to emails/postings and queries as soon as we can.

We will do a quick look-over of the piece for any potential editing concerns (like those troublesome, sneak-attack typos) and to make certain that all pieces comply with TORn's ToS guidelines. (We can't post anything in that may be in violation, but if questions arise we will contact the author to resolve any issues.) All finished pieces will then be posted for display and discussion on a given date.

Queries:
If you have queries or concerns, please send a PM via the TAS id- it will be read by Brethil, Daniel or elaen32, depending on who gets there first. Please try and give us a little time to respond, since we may be at work or not otherwise in a position to give an immediate answer. If, however, you think that your query would be of more general interest to others, then you can also post it as a reply to this, or subsequent TAS threads.

A listing of working titles and topics our members are working on at the moment:
'Music and race in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.' By Ida
'The cause of fog on the Barrow-downs.' By DanielLB
'Bilbo - All That is Gold.' By Dame Ioreth
'Revealed in his Wrath: The Matter of Glorfindel.' By Ninrandir
'The Often Maligned God of Arda: How Eru is the True Hero of Middle Earth.' By rangerfromthenorth
'Galadriel: political animal of Middle-earth.' By Demosthenes
'The Sea Longing.' By swordwhale
'Narrating Middle-Earth.' By noWizardme
'Húrin's Stand: Applicability for an Addict'. By Bow&Helm
'Tolkien's Dreams: The Role of Dreams in Tolkien's Narrative' By Elaen32

Note, this isn't yet a complete list!



CuriousG
Valinor


Oct 20 2013, 8:06pm

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"onomastics"? [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought you were keeping this thing family-friendly. Oh my!


Ida
The Shire

Oct 21 2013, 10:54am

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With regards to the abstract... [In reply to] Can't Post

Would you like this together with the finished essay, or separately?


elaen32
Gondor


Oct 21 2013, 11:06am

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Together with the essay please. [In reply to] Can't Post

As long as they are submitted at the same time, otherwise we might get confused!Crazy You can submit the abstract as a separate document or on a separate page of the same document as the essay. We will sort it out further from there. Nice to hear from you Ida!Smile


Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!



Ida
The Shire

Oct 21 2013, 11:08am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's good to know! :)


rangerfromthenorth
Rivendell

Oct 21 2013, 2:37pm

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Can't Wait!

Not all those who wander are lost


elaen32
Gondor


Oct 21 2013, 7:45pm

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You cheeky monkey CG!!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!



elentari3018
Lorien


Oct 22 2013, 4:13am

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Wow cool! Looking forward to reading these essays. [In reply to] Can't Post

Question though- is it ok to write about the Professor himself? I have an essay that i did several years ago about Tolkien and his influences from Beowulf to Lord of the Rings.

"By Elbereth and Luthien the fair, you shall have neither the Ring nor me!" ~Frodo

"And then Gandalf arose and bid all men rise, and they rose, and he said: 'Here is a last hail ere the feast endeth. Last but not least. For I name now those who shall not be forgotten and without whose valour nought else that was done would have availed; and I name before you all Frodo of the Shire and Samwise his servant. And the bards and the minstrels should give them new names: Bronwe athan Harthad and Harthad Uluithiad , Endurance beyond Hope and Hope Unquenchable.." ~Gandalf, The End of the Third Age , from The History of Middle Earth series


cats16
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2013, 4:22am

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Looking good! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm excited to have some time on my hands (*fingers crossed*!!) to read these when they come out. I had a lot of fun reading everyone's thoughts last time around, and I'm sure it will be more of the same insightful discussions in November.


Brethil
Half-elven


Oct 22 2013, 9:37pm

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Question though- is it ok to write about the Professor himself? I have an essay that i did several years ago about Tolkien and his influences from Beowulf to Lord of the Rings.





That sounds like an excellent Symposium topic. Would you be considering it for this TAS or the next? (March)

Glad to have you around, and looking forward to the TAS!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!





(This post was edited by Brethil on Oct 22 2013, 9:38pm)


Brethil
Half-elven


Oct 22 2013, 9:39pm

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I'm excited to have some time on my hands (*fingers crossed*!!) to read these when they come out. I had a lot of fun reading everyone's thoughts last time around, and I'm sure it will be more of the same insightful discussions in November.




Both the papers and the discussions are such a pleasure - a real haven for us JRRT fans. Glad you will have some time to enjoy it (crossing my fingers for you too.) Smile

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!





Brethil
Half-elven


Oct 22 2013, 9:42pm

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You cheeky monkey CG!!//




You know what they say, if you give a monkey a keyboard...its either Hamlet, sarcasm or remarks about RA.

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!





TORn Amateur Symposium
Bree


Oct 30 2013, 11:42am

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*Closing date reminder* [In reply to] Can't Post

This is a reminder that submission of essays closes on Sunday 03rd November. Since we're all spread across different timezones, there is no specific time for submission and will be lenient.

We will post a thread on Sunday 03rd November confirming that submission has closed. In this thread, we will confirm submitted essays - including titles and authors (we've had a number of essays submitted already!)

A reminder of how to submit your essay:

1) Please submit your pieces via the TAS email address, which is tornamateursymposium@gmail.com
2) If possible, submit your pieces as Word or other document format attached to your email, rather than in the body of the email
3) PM to the TAS TORn account will also be accepted

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to PM (or email us). As always, if you cannot submit in time, do not worry - we are planning another symposium next year and you can always submit your work to that symposium.

After the closing date, there is a one week reviewing period. During this time, we'll contact all authors that have submitted making sure if any edits are required. We *will* accept late submissions, but would obviously prefer if people could submit on time. Let us know ASAP if you're delayed, and we can try and sort something out. Anything after Saturday 09th November will, unfortunately, not be accepted. Authors will be able to check/edit their essays at anytime (again before 09th November), and we will send them a link to their essay as well.

On Sunday 10th November, the first TAS will take place. All essays will be posted by us. The running order and dates are yet to be decided, and will be finalised once we know how many essays we have. All essays are hosted on GoogleDocs, so a link will be provided. There will also be an official TAS thread, welcoming everyone, and providing links to each of the different essays.

There will also be a follow-up feedback thread (date TBD, likely a week after the last essay has been posted). As part of the symposium structure, we are always interested in ideas on what can (or should) be done, and what may or may not have worked. Feel free to tell us what you thought about the structure of the symposium, and any problems you experienced through this process. We will also tell you about the next TAS and provisional dates.

We're really looking forward to this, and we hope you are too. We've had some great essays in, and look forward to the discussions that will arise.

The TAS Team
(elaen, Brethil and Daniel)


TORn Amateur Symposium
Bree


Nov 3 2013, 10:28am

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*scribble scribble scribble* [In reply to] Can't Post

Or should that be *type type type* ?

Remember, submission for the second TORn Amateur Symposium closes today(*) (03rd November 2013). We will accept late submissions (up to 09th November 2013) if you let us know ASAP. A closing thread will also be posted either today or tomorrow, with essay titles and authors. We will also confirm the running schedule once all essays have been submitted. Please see the original thread for all the details on submitting your essay.

Now, get typing!

Wink

(* As said in the original post, there is no set time for submission as we all live in different time zones).

 
 

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