Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 8th January

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So here we are, another meeting, another year! Difficult to believe that our writing group was established back in 2010. The fact that we’re still going strong, after all this time, is quite an achievement.

First of all I’d like to apologise for the temperature at last night’s meeting. It was freezing! Next month, someone give me a nudge and I’ll turn on the heater right from the start. Alternatively, Eric has offered to bring along some logs. I suggest we get a fire going, huddle up, toast some marshmallows and we can finish up the evening with a quick round of Ging Gang Goolie.

Anyway, next up, I’d like to welcome Anjel who joined us for the first time last night. You gave some great critiquing advice and we’re looking forward to reading your work at future meetings.

Before I start, I know I’ve already nagged about this on our Facebook group as well as in the meeting itself, but I just want to remind everyone to get submissions into DropBox one week in advance of each meeting as per The Rules. This month’s meeting was about as early as it gets after New Year — first day of the year was a Wednesday — which probably meant the meeting crept up on everyone rather more quickly than usual. So we had a few late submissions. If you submit late you run the risk of members not having the time to read your work. If in doubt, leave it to the following meeting; better yet, get it submitted a few days earlier.

OK, enough with the tut-tutting and on with the critiques. We had six members attending last night’s meeting with four pieces of writing to discuss — all novel chapters again. In case you’re wondering, our writers do work on short stories as well as novels, it just seems that we’re all working on novels right now . . .

We finished the meeting a little earlier than usual, perhaps spurred on by the thought of the beckoning warmth of the Marble Bar just around the corner. Thanks again to everyone for attending.

Next month’s meeting will be on Wednesday 12th February. See you there!

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