Orton is a new online resource that enables writers to develop their work within a community environment. It allows work to be shared and discussed and invites fellow-writers (and readers) to suggest edits, comment on what’s working and give critical feedback on a completed draft or snippet of material. It’s completely free to use and the project’s website outlines some key aspects of Orton:
- Crowd Editing – Readers and writers can suggest edits for submitted material.
- Detailed feedback – Writers and readers can annotate directly on submitted work, making feedback specific and ‘easy to understand’.
- Easy communication – Communicate with the community through an online messaging platform.
- Allow ‘your audience to discover your work’ – Build an audience through sharing snippets with readers.
- Managing a writer’s work – Writers can upload all of their work to share privately or with everyone.
It’s the brainchild of Beth Cleavy who commented, ‘It [Orton] takes the concept that writers need their work editing and through easy annotation and conversation features, it makes feedback in-depth and concise, on a level not seen before. It’s also a place for readers to enjoy the genre and style of writing they like with a smooth and beautiful reading experience…’
She added, ‘I know posting your work is like handing your baby over to a stranger with mean eyes, but Orton will track who has read your work and who has annotated. My aim is to make writers feel safe enough to share.’