What's the Buzz: Talking with WriteHive

Updated: Sep 8

Writers! We're so excited for you to read the interview our Community Liaison, Lynne Fellows, had with the founder of writehive.org, Joshua Lee Ronin! Check it out and make sure to take a look at their website!

WW: So, Joshua, tell us about yourself, and what prompted you to create WriteHive?

My name is Joshua Lee Ronin. I’m a science fiction and fantasy author, martial artist, and military veteran who found Twitter’s #WritingCommunity in 2019. I was pretty overwhelmed by the support and love in the community, and I wanted to do something to give back to all the people who lift me up every day. So, I founded WriteHive. Since the project started, I’ve also branched into writing-related podcasts and YouTube channels. It’s kinda become my mission to bring people together!

WW: The Hive theme features throughout your site – your logo (which we love) and the Buzz podcasts come instantly to mind, but what was it that inspired the theme?

Shoutout to my Assistant Executive Coordinator, Tyler, for the amazing logo. He was the first one to sign on as a volunteer and he’s been kicking butt ever since. The hive theme in our graphic design is really pulled from our mission as an organization. WriteHive is a place where tons of individuals come together and cooperate, just like a hive. The stronger each individual becomes, the stronger the hive becomes, and vice versa. At WriteHive, we’re constantly talking with one another, growing, and learning. That’s what it’s always been about. I think the hive motif works really well for that.

WW: WriteHive is an online convention, but how exactly does that work?

It is! And that’s what makes it so special! We made the con digital so we could avoid the barriers to entry stopping most people from going to a physical con (travel, transportation, clothing, anxiety, etc.). And we made it free.

We’ve reached out to a TON of industry professionals, insiders, and amateurs. We’ve consolidated those people into groups. Some will be doing topic panels, while others will be holding workshops, and still others will be doing Q&As. Our participants are free to use whatever platform they choose for their event. We at WriteHive consolidate the links and house them in one location.

On the weekeend of the con (18/19 April 2020), we’ll be streaming some pre-recorded interviews and panels, holding contests, and holding discussions on reddit, Twitter, Discord, and more. Events will be everywhere. Everyone is encouraged to attend as many events as possible. (The whole event is free.) And if you miss any event, we’ll have it saved and uploaded to an archive you can visit later!

All the fun of a con without having to change out of your pajamas.

WW: Can anyone attend Writehive? How do people register?