Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 12th June


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.

Anyway, on with the critiques . . .

We decided to finish with four pieces at 9.30pm rather than trying to squeeze in any more. I personally don’t mind this — and I had one of the pieces being bounced to the following meeting — but I understand that this is sometimes frustrating for other writers, especially novel writers trying to hit their chapter-per-meeting quota. I’m not sure what to suggest should this happen again in the future — or indeed what we should do if numbers continue to increase at future meetings? Please share any suggestions in the comments below or over in the Facebook group.

Here’s a link to the Spaceship Unbound event I mentioned at the start of the meeting. If you’re interested in getting involved, especially on the 6th and 20th July, just drop me a email or a message on Facebook.

As usual, we headed around the corner to the Marble Bar after the meeting where we had a better chance to chat to our new members. Very interesting to chat to you all. Looking forward to seeing you at next month’s meeting!

Next meeting: Wednesday 10th July