They focus on workshopping, a process through which writers critique each others’ work.
Before publication, writers must submit three drafts. During two remote workshops, members make suggestions by tracking potential changes to the story in Microsoft Word.
Karsten said criticism from fellow writers creates a collaborative and trusting atmosphere — one in which writers want their peers to succeed.
“You know as a writer how valuable the workshop is for you, so you’re going to do it for others,” he said.
Should Does is different from other campus magazines, the editors said, because it emphasizes collaboration and a daily publication schedule.
“People aren’t just cherry-picking their best work they’ve written and sending it in all at once,” said junior Meredith Jones, who works as fiction editor for both Should Does and Cellar Door, another campus literary magazine which publishes biannually.
“Should Does is more of an ongoing, everyday kind of project.”
Should Does publishes about one new piece every Sunday through Thursday. The ability to publish frequently is made possible by Innovate@Carolina funding, which goes toward the costs of designing and maintaining the website.
Carolina Creates Writers, a subset of Carolina Creates, receives $1,000 annually to fund its initiatives. Currently, Should Does is the only Carolina Creates Writers initiative.
Karsten said the online-only publication doesn’t have the same space constraints that other print publications face.
“There’s going to be no quota,” he said. “That’s one of the beauties of the Internet. We don’t have space requirements.”
Should Does also embraces experimental types of writing, like two-sentence stories or pieces written primarily in dialogue.
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Peter Schultz, editor of submissions, said Should Does simply looks for well-written pieces.
“We’re not really holding people to a standard that they have to write a certain type of story,” he said.
For example, Karsten said the magazine could potentially house a long-term comic strip because of the site’s flexibility.
“A lot of people have these big ideas that they can’t do by themselves,” he said.
“If we get all those people together, it’s not that hard. It’s just another email on the listserv.”
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