therewewere now exists in archival form. There are no plans for new content to be posted in the foreseeable future. The below Writer's Contract information is posted here so it is available for those interested. Thank you.
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Hello, and welcome to the therewewere community of
writers. This page contains both the criteria for submitting
to therewewere and the legal tract that protects the rights
to your original work.
SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE
SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE
therewewere strives to be as educational as possible.
To achieve this we seek the writing of people who have this same
belief. In submitting to therewewere you will have an
opportunity to share your experiences as well as help educate
your readers about the places and experiences you've had there.
The first question I need to address is the format of the
articles therewewere publishes. There are so many different
people and so many different places that putting strict guidelines
on writing seems anti-productive. Because of this, I ask you
to think about a limited number of requirements when writing
1. All works must be of your own original writing.
2. Pieces must be about a culture different from your own. The
purpose of therewewere is to promote cross-cultural understanding,
so please, no Guidebook tips on things like: the best pub, cheapest
rooms, or how to find the local McDonald's. Individual circumstances
involving these, however, are allowed. Use your best judgment.
If you had a great cultural experience at the Burger King in
Taipei then go for it.
3. Articles must be between 400 and 3,000 words long.
4. If you can supply photographs we would appreciate it, but
they are by no means required.
5. Please spell the words to places, people, and foreign words
correctly if at all possible.
6. Finally, add a short profile of yourself and your travels.
A correspondent bio is great way to introduce yourself to the
Please also keep in mind that your articles will be used in
therewewere's classrooms. Children grades 6 through 12
will be reading your material. As a general rule of thumb try
to curb your use of profanity.
After you have written your piece email it to email@example.com.
I will then edit it and either post it on the site or email you
with recommendations for changes.
SUBMITTING AN INTERVIEW
This may be the easiest to define. In order to submit an
interview you must do two things:
1. Interview someone of cultural interest: talk with a local
person; ask them about their village, their house, their children.
Or ask a fellow traveler to relate a cultural experience they
2. Write the interview down and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing interviews should be just that. Write down the conversation
exactly as it occurred. If you feel that the dialogue does not
relate enough of the surrounding situation, please include it
in a precursor segment.
And, please include a profile of yourself and the person you
are interviewing. If you can provide an image of you or the person
you've interviewed that would be great.
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SUBMITTING A LESSON
We at therewewere are striving to introduce new cultures
and themes to students, which we hope will also bring greater
understanding of the places we've been. We want to encourage
travelers interested in designing their own interactive classroom
lesson to do so, especially if it concerns a culture we have
yet to explore. We ask that you take a look at current classrooms
for insight into exactly what we are aiming for, then follow
the guidelines below when submitting an idea for review. We do
expect these lessons to be well thought out, and specified for
a certain grade level (6th -12th grades). If you have any questions
about becoming a guest classroom-designer, just email us.
Provides a short, clear title that sums up the class
Provides basic information for students and teachers concerning
the themes covered in the class. Usually includes a short description,
as well as, a few goals students should achieve in the class.
Please see posted lessons for standard format and length.
Quotes and Themes:
Gives either quotes that will be a focus of discussion for
the class, or list important articles or book excerpts that are
central to the theme of the class. Be sure to properly cite quoted
works. Also in this section, tie the readings or quotes into
the main purpose of the class. Bring up ideas for discussion
out of the readings, and stress why it is we want to study this
particular theme. This is the main body of the lesson plan, so
it can be lengthier, but must be concise.
Provides numbered suggestions for assignments pertaining
to the themes and readings of the class. Usual assignments include
utilizing the therewewere Message Board for discussions,
researching a topic on-line and creating a presentation for the
class, or writing well-researched thought papers on a given topic.
However, feel free to use creativity in thinking up assignments.
Provides any web-sites that may be helpful to students researching
Lessons should be short and concise. Remember, you're writing
these for a 10 to 20 minute classroom session.
Additionally, include a short bio of yourself for us to post.
The kids are going to want to email you questions and would enjoy
knowing a little more about yourself.
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CONTRACT FOR SUBMITTING
With all the copyright issues surrounding the Web, therewewere
wants to make sure we protect you, as the creator, and ourselves,
as the holder of these creations. All pieces require written
or emailed permission from you, the author, that allow therewewere
to publish your work in the magazine, on the web site, and to
use your work in any publicity-related materials. Please submit
letters of permission as a separate note, titled WRITER'S CONTRACT,
in the subject heading. And, as always, remember to include
your name, email address, physical address, and telephone number
(if possible). therewewere will host accepted submissions
indefinately on the Web site, if the author would like to pull
their submission at any time after six months just email or call.
If your article has been chosen for publishing in therewewere's
print magazine, we will notify you by email. As our print magazine
is published bi-yearly not every piece we post on our site can
be included. Additionally, because of the limited number of print
magazines, pieces may be cut down from their posted Web versions.
We hope this answers your questions concerning writing for
therewewere. Again, if you have further questions email
us: Sarah Reed Bargren, Publisher, at email@example.com.
Sarah Reed Bargren