Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 14th December


A warm welcome to Graeme Cole who joined us for the first time last night. With eight people attending we had six pieces of work to discuss. Apologies from Guy who wasn’t able to attend after getting himself double-booked with the excellent Tales of Whatever–although he popped along to join us at the pub afterwards.

Thanks to Dave for his impromptu tiddlywinks demonstration. Luckily the cup of tea was pretty much finished. Slam-dunking at that range is a 3-pointer in my books . . .

On with the show!

Couple of discussions this month about formatting. It might be worth considering how your manuscripts are presented. First of all, you can make it easier for other group members to identify your work and know which page is which (if any pages are mixed up but also during the workshop itself). Second, it’s good practice for when you start submitting your work to markets.

Make sure you have your name, story title and page number on every page–my personal preference is to present this at the top of the page. You could also get into the routine of setting out your work with double (or at least 1.5) line spacing, perhaps a standard font like Times New Roman or Courier, and as already mentioned you could consider indenting and correct section breaks.

I always advise writers to follow Shunn Formatting, a fairly standard formatting method referred to by speculative and non-speculative markets alike.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who attended. Have a great Christmas and see you all in the New Year!

Next meeting: Wednesday 11th January, 7pm start.