Readings, prompts, interviews, Q&A All sound good! Maybe exchanges also. I think visual as well as written prompts would be nice. Maybe coordinate skype (audio and/or visual) with the launch event? And maybe eating and drinking together -- across states and continents. The same foods, or local traditional items. I will think some more...
Perhaps. Although I wouldn't be overly keen on Skype conferencing the launch, simply because personally I have social anxiety disorder, and I'd be worried that it would make people like me feel really intimidated.
But that kind of thing might be possible once people have made friends in the room :]
I understand about having difficulties interacting with people. About skype, at different times and places, the video/audio portion isn't available, and it does have options -- text and/or audio and/or video. And the computer's camera can always be covered. Maybe a text-only meeting could come first, and if people want to slowly add the other portions, they could choose to. But if people want to stay with text, I guess the DA chat room is the right way to go.
Uhm, sorry, but what exactly is a 'flash prompt night'? And I've got more questions: What are the possibilities in this chatroom ? Text only or does it support voice (like skype)? What about posting images? Just asking to come up with some good additional suggestions what you could do, as different media would allow different things. And also: What do you plan to do with it later? Cause the launch event should be attractive to people who want to do whatever is planned in the chatroom later.
General Idea for now: If the main aim is to revitalize the chat room and create some kind of a coherent group that wants to talk about literature more often: How about some 'getting to know each other' stuff. Maybe not to personal, everyone should be able to choose how personal he want to get in the chat. But how about something like what is your current favourite piece of literature on da and why. That gives us a starting point for discussions and gives us a first glimpse of how we all perceive literature. People should be told in advance though, so they can contemplate the question.
The chatroom is in DeviantART's chat room section so it is text only. However we used to run poetry readings. We had a couple of people who I trained how to broadcast themselves speaking live into the chatroom (although there is like a half am inute delay depending on how far you are in the world from the streamer).. people seemed to enjoy hearing their read work, or having the chance to read their own.
The chatroom allows posting of thumbs and lengthy text.
A flash prompt night is something we used to do in our chatroom way back in the day that caught on and spread to other rooms (although I dont know if we were the first haha) but the idea is you say to someone, okay you have two minutes to write and your prompt is.... the silver sewn stars. and then that person has to post, in the chat, a literary response to the prompt, poem, prose or other, within 120 seconds.
It helps people think on their feet, get in the habit of writing more often, and you get immediate responses because others are in the room.
The room is for literature lovers to make friends and have fun. So it can be anything activity wise. There are already great resources for people who want to improve their craft or talk about writing though, and so I don't want to focus on technique and tutorials so much as helping people make new friends.
It'll be up to everyone how much they get involved in the chat, so when it comes to getting to know you, hopefully the numbers would grow throughout the time and more people would join in and make friends. That kind of thing happens naturally on DA.
I just wanna know something that people might find interesting enough to show up for... to give it a go... and then I'm hoping if people like the feel of the place then they will come back. because its the people that make a chatroom great.
Thank you for the explanations. Now I know what's going on
Then I am pro flash prompts, but maybe you can add a little twist to make it even more fun
Idea A: Combine Flash prompt and poetry reading. First read a poem (best one that is very polarizing) than people have some time to come up with some kind of "answer"-poem or text or whatever to the poem
Idea B: Use pictures for the prompts. DA is so full with magnificent pictures, why shouldn't we writers use them to inspire us.
Yepp, I am all about being inspired by other peoples work right now