What is Writertopia?
Writertopia provides a few tools for the writing community. It's a way for our team to play with new web technologies like Google's App Engine and see if our experiments are useful to writers.
Writertopia is focused on our members' professional development. We will actively recruit writers who are trying to hone their abilities and receive feedback on their work. We want our best members to invite others who will help build a collaborative, skilled community. Initially, we are limiting the number of members until we feel the website can be scaled in a cost-effective manner.
Writertopia is designed and programmed by Bill Katz, a writer and neuroscience researcher at Janelia. He was the grand prize winner of the 2004 Writers of the Future contest for his story, "The Plastic Soul of a Note." He chips away at a number of writing projects including a novel and several screenplays.
Jennifer Yoon, his wife, helps with the business side of the venture. She's a former Senior Manager at KPMG Consulting with an MBA from University of Chicago.