This community is a place for fans who love Sitka and her world, giving them the opportunity to actually connect directly with the author (Rae).
Most fans do not have a readily-available central community to bond with fellow fans, much less the ability to get to know the author and discuss the story with her.
A few specific initiatives we are leading:
Sitka Story Hours: this is our main community event to build out the world of Sitka. We meet weekly to brainstorm an aspect of the world both in text and via AI art generation, and enshrine the results in our Discord server and in an epic free digital trading card such as the one below:
Weekly "Coffee Chat" topical discussions with the founders
Creative Sprints: one-hour sessions for writers to focus on a writing project of their own while part of a group for accountability/feedback
Tales of Rúnsala RPG: We have developed our own custom-built, fully-fledged text-based RPG that can be played in our discord. See some previews in Metaverse and Gaming
Monthly Book club
Monthly open mic night to let community members share their own stories.
Interactive short story adventures in Discord using our custom bot
Our goal is to host THE go-to hub for creative writers in Web3 within Sitka World, whether for improving their craft with fellow writers, publishing works on web2 or web3, finding work, growing a brand, or launching a web3 project of their own.
For far too long, big tech gatekeepers have controlled creative content, while the content creators themselves struggle to make a living in a digital landscape with zero scarcity and limited control. For an excellent summary of these problems and how the tools of Web3 change the paradigm for artists, see our article on Mirror.
By attracting top writers in the space and forming a "Guild of Scribes", we are positioning ourselves to serve the broader NFT community with our network of working writers.
There are a few ways we are serving writers:
Story Q&A nights (to spark conversation on pre-planned, practical writing-related topics)
Online education: We already have a small "library" of resources for writers, but are working on building a full-fledged e-learning course for writers that will be marketed to the public but free for holders.
Workshopping events/group critiquing
Fanfiction contests: members are encouraged to write Sitka World fanfiction or make fan art. We plan to have contests for select works to be launched as official companion collections, with the author receiving all royalties.
Author services: we offer a number of services for writers including 1:1 coaching, editing, publishing help, and audiobook creation. Discord members and NFT holders can receive discounts on these services, which are listed here: https://northernwords.blog/home/author-services/
Future: after mint, we will have a scholarship fund, whereby 5% of project funds will go towards helping recipients with publishing their own works or launching brands of their own.
Additionally, we host a "Guild of Scribes" of the best creative writers in the space to help them get paid writing work. Check out the Guild of Scribes page for more details.