Hi everyone! Another busy meeting last night with 12 people attending. 10+ seems to be our new summertime average so I would once again advise everyone to keep critiques to a manageable length. We overran on time during our fourth round when we should have finished on time. Don’t rush your critiques but please be considerate of others. You could prepare a bullet point list of 3 or 4 discussion points — perhaps 5 at the most — to frame your delivery.
Could I also remind everyone to save work into DropBox as a DOC file and to add your name to the filename as well as the first page and the header of every page (along with the title and page number). Please re-read the rules.
OK, nagging over!
We had a single submission carried over from last month’s meeting with another four new submissions making for five in total. With 12 people attending we were unlikely to discuss all of these but we managed four during the meeting itself and I think most people accepted an offer from Chris to discuss his short story over at Common afterwards. Continue reading
Hi everyone! Fantastic meeting last night with 14 people attending and that included 3 new members. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Niall, Hans and Ian. You delivered some great critiques — just remember to balance your constructive criticism with positive feedback. There’s always something good to say about every piece of writing. The term we often use is ‘Crit Sandwich!’, a slightly nicer variation of that other popular phrase.
We had 5 pieces of work to critique last night, however Terence emailed beforehand to say that he’d either be late or wouldn’t be able to attend. Terence, no worries, your piece will be carried forward to next month’s meeting.
On with the critiques! Continue reading
First of all I’d like to offer a delayed welcome to Terence who actually joined us for the first time last month and submitted his first piece of writing to this month’s meeting. It was great to read your work and we’re looking forward to reading more of the same in the future.
Our venue, MadLab, is certainly looking very different after a recent facelift. Still a lot of work to do but it’s a huge improvement. Please feel free to keep your donations dropping into our group’s PayPal account (the button over there on the right) and thanks again to those people who have contributed in the last few weeks. Once we have enough funds we will make another donation to MadLab.
Before I get started with the critiques a quick announcement — and thanks to Eliza for the initial heads-up on this — Eastercon is coming to Manchester next year! Eastercon is the UK’s #1 science fiction writing event of the year so it’s obviously fantastic news that it’s going to land on our doorstep. Eastercon usually runs from Thursday through to Sunday which would make it the 24th to 27th March 2016. Get those dates pencilled into your diaries right now!
Apologies for not being able to attend this month’s meeting and thanks to everyone who helped out, especially Graeme for taking notes and posting details on our Facebook group. Here’s a copy of these notes for posterity. See you all next month! Continue reading
First of all I’d like to offer a warm welcome to our latest new member Truong Mellor. Thanks for your critiques. We’re looking forward to reading your sci-fi / crime fiction over the coming months.
Chilly meeting last night but we should be back at MadLab again for next month. There was actually some last minute confusion about whether we would be back there last night or not. To the doubters, yes, MadLab is a real place! (I think.) Keep an eye on the Facebook group or this website and I’ll confirm venues nearer the time.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and you’re ready for another busy year. I’d like to welcome Sean who attended his first meeting last night; you gave great feedback with just a couple of days’ access to DropBox.
Apologies from Bronwyn. She wasn’t able to attend last night’s meeting due to the weather, so her submission — the first chapter from her novel ‘Green’ — will remain in DropBox to be critiqued at next month’s meeting.
On with the crits!