Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 13th August


Hello again everyone! Well, we had a busy meeting last night with eleven people attending and six submissions to discuss. I’d like to welcome three new members: Rob, Chris and Colin. You all gave great feedback and we’re looking forward to reading your work at future meetings.

We did well to get through four submissions last night with so many people attending. That would have left two pieces to carry over to next month but Damien explained that he won’t be along for a while so he instead decided to take copies of notes from people. That leaves one piece, from Eric, to carry forward to next month. His work will be discussed before we look at any others.

Before we start with the reviews of the critiques I’d like to remind everyone about house rule #11. This doesn’t apply to anyone who attended last night’s meeting, but if you submit a piece of writing into DropBox and you subsequently fail to attend two meetings in a row then I’m afraid your work will be removed without critique. We’re certainly flexible about members having real-world issues that might mean you occasionally turn up late or miss a meeting, but we can’t keep asking other members to keep reading and re-reading the same piece of work over and over again. Please consider your fellow writers. If you’re not sure whether you can commit to a meeting, don’t worry, just leave submitting your work for another month or two when you’re more certain that you will be able to attend.

OK, nagging over! On with the critiques . . .

After the meeting we eventually ended up in the Common Bar as the Marble was a little too busy. I actually think that the seating is better in Common as it’s easier to huddle around a table as a single group. What do you all think?

Next meeting: Wednesday 10th September

Please note that MadLab will be closed for refurbishment for next month’s meeting and we will be meeting at an alternate venue. Watch this space or our Facebook group for details.