Another excellent meeting last night. I’d like to welcome Owen who joined us for the first time. Apologies from Graeme for missing the first part of the meeting — I think he may have landed his time machine on the wrong day earlier on in the week and he’s ended up a day out of sync.
We ended up discussing just three pieces of work, which resulted in some detailed critiques again, including a first submission from Damien. There was an attempt to coerce positive feedback with the offer of Jelly Babies. This failed. Darn. Next month I will up my game. Continue reading
This month we were back to our usual venue at MadLab. A slightly quieter meeting than usual with just five members attending, discussing three pieces of writing. I’d like to welcome our latest new member Damien who gave some great feedback — we’re certainly looking forward to reading your writing at future meetings.
With just three pieces of writing to discuss, the critiques were rather more leisurely than usual with a greater level of detail and we even managed to finish a little early. Just bear in mind that it’s unlikely we’ll have as much leeway at future meetings so our critiques will probably need to be shorter for next month.
I often struggle to summarise my critiques, as you all know! I jot down my critique points at the end of each piece so I’m able to read them out during the meeting without any delay or repetition. I certainly avoid talking about spelling or grammatical mistakes — though I do identify these ‘in-line’ in a paper copy that I hand over to the author – but I’m still often faced with a dozen or more critique points, too many to be able to raise in one meeting. I try to pick out just 3 or 4 main points that I think were most important. If there’s a couple more that I don’t get around to raising, that’s fine, they’re noted down in the copy that I hand over to the author so he or she will still receive my feedback.
Last minute change of venue with this month’s meeting to a room over the Terrace bar just next to MadLab. Bit noisy, but we managed. Before we get started with the critiques I’d like to say hello to Michael Vaughan who joined us for the first time last night. I’d also like to offer a belated hello to Phill Campbell who actually joined us for the first time in last month’s meeting, but I forgot to mention this when I posted the notes last time, what with the whole ‘me not being there’ thing going on.
We had five pieces submitted this month with nine members attending and we started a little late due to travel problems and with the changes to venue which not everyone knew about. The weather always seems to affect travel time this time of year so no worries — I was 10 minutes late myself. I will leave earlier next month!
Apologies for the delay in posting these notes but I was unable to attend this month’s meeting as I was away in a galaxy far, far away. My thanks to everyone who attended especially to Graeme Cole for his notes and Graeme Shimmin for the photo.
Graeme Cole’s notes were so good, I’m just going to copy them straight in . . .
In Craig’s absence, the group convened as usual and were even able to commandeer a full plate of biscuits from the MadLabbers downstairs.
We had a late start last night with several members arriving late due to problems with the traffic. No worries, it happens. Graeme Shimmin sent his apologies that he wasn’t able to attend as planned, so his piece has been bounced to next month’s meeting.
Now, as it happens, we have quite a few pieces to carry through to next month’s meeting. With nine people attending we were originally hoping to critique seven submissions, six with Graeme’s piece slipping to next month. With the late start and some extremely detailed critiques we only managed to discuss three pieces. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The time slipped away from us so we were obviously having a great time. I certainly took away some detailed notes and I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback. A couple of people were surprised when 9.30 rolled around; two and a half hours that disappeared very quickly.
First of all I’d like to welcome four new members who joined us last night, that’s Charmini, James, Robert and Alan. Alan isn’t in the photo below, he joined us a few minutes later. Looking forward to reading all your work in the future. Thanks again to Graeme for providing Alan with directions over the phone — sorry, but I don’t know Manchester well enough!
We had a busy meeting last night with thirteen members attending in the end, probably one of the busiest nights we’ve had in a long time. Although we had six pieces submitted into DropBox we only had time to discuss four so the last two pieces (from Craig and Luke) will go forward to the next meeting where they will be the first to be discussed.
Happy Birthday to us! This month’s meeting marks our third birthday. This is a huge achievement that’s only been made possible with the continued support and enthusiasm from all of our members both past and present. Well done to everyone! I’d also like to thank MadLab for providing such a fantastic venue.
We’ve seen a number of success stories over the years with many of our members achieving publication for the very first time and most (if not all) members stating quite equivocally that their writing has certainly improved since joining the group and continues to do so with every meeting. It’s often difficult for a writer to identify a singular cause-and-effect that has led towards an improvement in their writing, but I think all members (myself included) believe that the group has certainly contributed towards this goal. I’m personally looking forward to the next three years and more beyond that!
Before we get started with the critiques I’d like to welcome Brian Clarke who joined us for the first time last night. We’re all looking forward to reading your work at future meetings. I’d also like to thank members who made generous donations via PayPal after the last meeting. Once we hit fifty quid we’ll make another contribution to MadLab.