ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

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I'm delighted to announce the inaugural iteration of WORKSHOP, a successor to PADAWAN. The set will be played in Spring 2020.

The goal is to write a high-quality regular-difficulty (2.5 on Ophir's scale) set each year, and for the set to be mainly written by newer writers. In other words, we want to provide an annual opportunity for newer writers to get experience with and detailed feedback on regular-difficulty questions, and for quizbowlers to get experience working on administration, logistics and finances.

We welcome participants in high school and above. Writers should expect to contribute a minimum of 5 tossups and 5 bonuses to the set.

Applications are now closed; those still interested in working on the set or future iterations can contact us via email below.

The Team (Spring 2020)
Logistics: Alex Damisch
Literature: Olivia Lamberti
History: Jakob Myers
Science: Adam Fine (chem, physics), Kevin Wang (bio, other)
Arts: Jacob Reed
Religion: Jacob Reed
Philosophy: Jacob Reed
Social Science: Will Holub-Moorman
Geography/Other: Jakob Myers
Other Academic: Will Holub-Moorman

The Set
14 packets plus tiebreakers
Length caps: 7 line tossups (before powermark), 8 line bonuses (not including answerlines)

Distribution
4/4 Literature: American, British, European, World
4/4 History: American, European, World, Ancient/Archaeology/Other
4/4 Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Other
3/3 Arts: visual, audio, other
1/1 “Legends” including at least .5/.5 traditional “religion”
1/1 Philosophy
.5/.5 Other Religion
1.5/1.5 Social Science
1/1 Other (roughly two-thirds geography and current events

Payment Structure
We will set aside 25% of all proceeds for set-wide work: dealing with mirrors, keeping track of payments, billing hosts, proofreading, packetizing, wrangling writers (enforcing deadlines) etc.

For questions, we'll use a “points system”:
  • 5 points given out per tossup, 4 points per bonus
  • 2 point to the writer for writing a tossup, 1 point for a bonus
  • 1 point to the writer if the question needs minimal editing (roughly: “25% or less of question text needs replacement” with some discretion)
  • 1 point per question to the writer if they consistently make life easier for the editors (writing a lot, writing on time)
  • The remaining points will go to the editor of that question
The 75% of non-set-wide revenue will then be divided up based exclusively on the percentage of total points a writer or editor receives.

Conservatively, we expect to be able to pay about $5 per question, so responsible, good writers will receive $3.75 per question, while editors who have to put major work in would also make $3.75 per question. (It's likely that payments will be higher than this!)

Planned Timeline
We anticipate having all question-writing done by Thanksgiving, and the set completed by SCT. We will accept writer applications until all question slots are claimed.

Questions? Concerns?
You can reach us at [email protected]
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Mirrors
Southern California (02/22)
Stanford (02/22)
UT-Austin (02/29)
Georgia (02/29)
Michigan State (02/29)
NCSU (02/29)
Team Illinois tryouts (HS) (03/01)
Toronto (03/07)
Online (closed) (03/07)
Swarthmore (03/21)
Minnesota (03/21)
Central Florida (03/28)
NYU (HS) (05/02)
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We're delighted at the response we've gotten so far! Given the impressive number of applicants, we're going to close writer applications for now; applicants should expect to hear back tonight.
Jacob Reed
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Is there any update on the progress of this set or plans for mirror sites?
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Milhouse wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:22 am
Is there any update on the progress of this set or plans for mirror sites?
Our logistics team started contacting potential hosts last week—we hope to have sites decided in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in hosting after February 15, particularly on February 29th (pre-nationals) or May 2nd (post-nationals) should contact us at [email protected]!
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Are there any plans for a collegiate mirror of this set in the Northeast/upper Mid-Atlantic (the NYU mirror being high-school-only, which one might also regard as a questionable decision but nevermind that)?
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Milhouse wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:27 pm
Are there any plans for a collegiate mirror of this set in the Northeast/upper Mid-Atlantic (the NYU mirror being high-school-only, which one might also regard as a questionable decision but nevermind that)?
Brown is interested in hosting in May, but is waiting to confirm until after their Terrapin mirror in February.

I hope to confirm our other Mid-Atlantic site, likely for sometime in March, this week.
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Aaron's Rod wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:59 pm
Milhouse wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:27 pm
Are there any plans for a collegiate mirror of this set in the Northeast/upper Mid-Atlantic (the NYU mirror being high-school-only, which one might also regard as a questionable decision but nevermind that)?
Brown is interested in hosting in May, but is waiting to confirm until after their Terrapin mirror in February.

I hope to confirm our other Mid-Atlantic site, likely for sometime in March, this week.
I am pleased to say that Swarthmore will be hosting a mirror on March 21st, with a formal announcement coming today.
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Are there any plans for an online mirror?
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Smuttynose Island wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:10 pm
Are there any plans for an online mirror?
Yes. An announcement for a closed online mirror is forthcoming.
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