Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 11th July

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First of all I’d like to welcome Richard Garbutt who joined us for the first time last night. Thanks for your valuable contribution during the critiques. We’re looking forward to reading your work!

Before we start with the critiques, during last night’s meeting I mentioned an email I’d received from the parent of a fifteen-year-old who was interested in joining our group. As discussed, I had to turn the individual away on the grounds that some of the work we read is often quite mature. This is the second time we’ve received interest from someone this young so I’ve decided to edit our Rules page to state that we’re an ’18+ only’ group.

The parent in question raised a point that there seems to be little support for young adults who want to join a writing community. There were some excellent suggestions during last night’s meeting, so if you get the chance could you add them to the discussion on our Facebook page? We discussed that it would be a great idea if someone started a writing group for young writers, but there was a question whether this would be young adults only or a mix of young adults and adults writing YA fiction–and then there’s the whole issue over CRB-checking and, most importantly, the safety of the young individuals involved. This is potentially complicated area. I personally think that the best option would be for a local college to host a regular event with one or two CRB-checked speakers visiting. Anyway, the Facebook page is there for you to chat away or you can post a comment at the bottom of this post.

We had seven members attending last night’s meeting with four pieces of work being discussed. We started around 7pm, finished a little after 9pm and headed around to the pub afterwards where we chatted until 11pm. Great evening!

Next meeting: Wednesday 8th August, 7pm start as usual. See you there!

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