birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

About reading and retrieving your work...

Answering a few more of your questions today. I figure if one of you asked, then more than one of you must also be wondering.

How do we get back to our own earlier work?

Everything you submitted to me is currently in a database. At the end of the program, I will export each person's into a book (OK, Word Doc...) that you'll get back. Think of it as a travel journal for your 40-day journey.

If you really need to get a specific piece of work back before the end of the 40 days, let me know and I can fish it out of the database.

How do we see other people's work that they agreed to share?

Each flock of writers has its own blog. The Cardinals blog is here. The Waxwings blog is here. From the home page of, you can click "Find my flock," and from there you will always find links to the daily workout, the group standings, and the blog. 

Will the work posted on the blog be considered published?

Hm. That is a really interesting question. Technically, yes, I think it has been published. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I'll keep these blogs live much beyond the 40-day period, so after that, it would be gone from the internet and no editor would find it. I am not an intellectual property expert, but I'd say to think about this like you would any other group blog or Facebook post. If you think that publishing an early draft of something here would endanger your ability to sell a second draft of it later, don't post it.

Do I retain ownership of everything I write?

Yes, you do.  If I want to excerpt or reprint something in my theoretical how-to book, I will be in touch to secure your permission.

One thing I've been considering is whether share some blog posts  -- maybe just one piece every day or so -- on the 40 Days and 40 Writes Facebook Page. It has a whopping 50 followers, mostly alumni of the program, current people in the program, and a few of my supportive friends. Thoughts on that idea? Reply to this email or leave a comment on your next post.

Onward and upward!

- Robin

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