Missing August Meeting and Twice Monthly Meetings

Where did the August meeting go? Well, it still happened but I was zooming around the USA on holiday so I wasn’t around to take notes or update this blog. If I get the chance to catch up with my fellow writers at the next meeting I’ll add some notes to this post. Meanwhile, here’s a slightly blurry picture of me standing in the Bradbury Building and holding a certain book. Thanks to Eric for suggesting that I visit this place on my way through LA.

The Bradbury Building

I’m also happy to announce that we are now running two meetings per month: on the fourth Tuesday of each month as well as the usual second Wednesday. Our group has become increasingly busy this year and we felt it was the right time to expand. This is something that was starting to bubble away before I disappeared off-grid. My thanks to Graeme for making this happen.

We’re still discussing the details of how it’s all going to work so feel free to join in with the debate over at our Facebook group or add your comments below. I’m also sure that there will be plenty of chit-chat at the pub after the next few meetings. Here’s an example of some of the questions raised so far:

  • Can writers submit once or twice per month?
  • What if a writer can only make one meeting per month, is that OK?
  • What happens when we run out of time and a submission gets ‘bounced’? Does the submission move to the very next meeting? Or the same meeting in the following month? Can a writer choose which meeting to bounce their submission to?
  • Can writers submit to both meetings simultaneously? If so, what happens when the first submission gets bounced and the writer ends up with two submissions for the same meeting?
  • Can we email critiques to each other instead of bouncing a submission to a following month?

We already have a few suggested answers for some of these questions but please don’t remain silent. Your opinion matters. I’m expecting it to take a couple of months for the new meeting arrangements to settle down.

That’s all for now. I’ll post further news on any house rule changes as and when they happen.

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