Hi Linda, welcome to FW! This is an awesome site. There are so many things to explore. It can feel a bit overwhelming at times but don't hesitate to ask for help if need be.
I do the newsletter for my church. It's a lot more work than one might expect. I do find a lot of my filler stuff from members here at FW. There is great free reprint stuff. Then I'll leave a note by the author's name telling them if they want to read more work by this author check out the site. You may want to look into the free reprint section too for your newsletter.
One of the best things at FW is how I have made close friends with people all over the world. I hang out in the Pacific Coast Rest Stop a lot so I have friends in those states and another oddball who lives in Maryland. I have also become close to people from Africa, Australia, England, Latvia and Thailand. I live in a super rural area in Western NY and would never had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I can't imagine my life without FW!
There are all ages from teens to grandparents who having writing experiences from journaling to published books. There are also all kinds of genres. My favorite is Children's stories. But you'll find sci-fi, fantasy, devotions, nonfiction,romance, Biblical fiction and everything in between.
The weekly challenge is the most popular way to showcase your work. I am super impressed that you already submitted a challenge. It can be scary at first. I try to read and comment on all of the challenges but just got out of the hospital so haven't done as much as I wish I could have. If your entry is for accent, they will be posted on Thursday and after the judging is complete, usually sometime over the weekend, you can go to the throw a brick thread and leave a link to asks for feedback. It's a great way to improve your work and get more input from others, you just have to wait until Deb gives the all clear.
I have learned so much from feedback from people who want me to be the best writer I can be. I have also learned to write on topic while still being different from all the other entries. The deadline has really helped me write on a regular basis.
Another place for members who would like to have their work critiqued can go to the Critique Circle. They now offer two options. If you're a Gold or Platinum member you are given one credit to post your piece and ask for feedback. Then you have to leave feedback for others to receive more credits. If you're a nonpaying Silver member, however, you can pay a small fee to have your story critiqued in detail. This option is also available to members who don't feel comfortable or have time to critique others.
Also you can post your older stories in the general submission or free reprint page. The challenge submissions need to be new stories that fit the topic.
Have fun exploring the site and jump into any threads that sound interesting. I hope to see you out and about and read some of your work.
Sometimes God calms the storm; Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child